Dolans case to go to Policing Board

Raymond McCartney, MLA, Martina Anderson, MLA and Colr. Kevin Campbell at the press conference in Rathmore re the alleged arson attack on Sean Dolan's GAA club.  (0301JB10)

Raymond McCartney, MLA, Martina Anderson, MLA and Colr. Kevin Campbell at the press conference in Rathmore re the alleged arson attack on Sean Dolan's GAA club. (0301JB10)

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The ongoing row over the PSNI’s handling of the arson attack on the Seán Dolan’s GAA clubhouse in Creggan is expected to be raised with the Policing Board.

The clubhouse at Piggery Ridge, Creggan, was extensively daaged in the blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning last week. The PSNI initially said it was not treating the fire as suspicious and returned CCTV footage to club officials. The club then showed the footage, which shows two hooded figures outside the building and a large flash, to Sinn Féin representatives, who then took it back to the PSNI.

The police then changed their position late on Thursday night and said the fire was now being treated as arson. The PSNI also said that a senior officer would review all of the actions taken by police during the investigation.

Sinn Féin MLAs Raymond McCartney and Martina Anderson had claimed from the outset that members of RAAD were responsible for the arson attack, a claim denied by the vigilante group. Sinn Féin have also alleged that an PSNI agent within RAAD may be linked to the attack.

It is understood that a compliant will be made to the Police Ombudsman’s office.