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Ulster GAA member arrested as part of historical sex abuse probe

Police said a 57-year-old man was arrested an later released on bail pending further inquiries

ULSTER GAA has confirmed that a member of the association "is being investigated by statutory authorities in relation to historical safeguarding matters".

It comes after police investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse arrested a man following searches in south Armagh.

A spokeswoman said yesterday that detectives from the PSNI's Public Protection Branch "carried out a number of searches in the Crossmaglen area on Sunday August 5".

"A 57-year-old man was arrested and later released on bail pending further police enquiries."

In a statement last night, a spokesman for Ulster GAA said it can "confirm that we are aware that a member of the association in the province is being investigated by statutory authorities in relation to historical safeguarding matters".

"We encourage any member of the association, or others, who may have information in relation to these investigations to cooperate in full with the statutory authorities as part of their investigations.

"The individual in question has been debarred from all activities in the association pending the outcome of the investigation.

"As this is now a live investigation we will not be making any further comment."

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