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GAA declines to say if Arlene Foster on guest list for Ulster final

It remained unclear last night if Arlene Foster has received an invite to attend the Ulster final. Picture by Niall Carson/PA Wire

THE GAA's Ulster Council last night declined to say if DUP leader Arlene Foster has been invited to watch Fermanagh attempt to lift their first provincial crown.

A spokesman said while it has now finalised the guest list for the Ulster football final on June 24, it does not release the names "for logistical and other reasons".

Mrs Foster, a Fermanagh MLA, last week hailed the county's' success in making its first final in a decade with a shock semi-final win over Monaghan.

The tweet was welcomed by many as a positive gesture and even prompted a member of the Fermanagh squad to reply with the offer of a ticket for the big match across the border in Clones.

Mrs Foster later said she would "consider any invitation that's sent to me".

"I understand somebody tweeted me an invitation or a ticket, but of course I haven't been formally invited yet and I'll wait and see what happens."

The Ulster Council said last week its guest list would not be finalised until after the second semi-final, which was won by Donegal on Sunday.

Asked again this week, it declined to say if Mrs Foster has received an invitation.

"While Ulster GAA have now finalised the guest list for the Ulster final the protocol is that we do not release the names of invited guests for logistical and other reasons," a spokesman said.

There was no response from the DUP when asked if Mrs Foster had received an invitation.

:: An article in Saturday's edition quoted Fermanagh GAA vice-chair Phil Flanagan as saying invitations to the Ulster final would not be a matter for the Ulster Council. The quote should have read that the Ulster Council is responsible.

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