Still unclear if DUP leader Arlene Foster will attend Ulster football final

DUP leader Arlene Foster with Fermanagh GAA vice chairman Phil Flanagan, senior manager Rory Gallagher and Tom Boyle Fermanagh GAA secretary. Picture by Philip Magowan/ PressEye

WITH just two days to go the Ulster football final, it still remained unclear last night if DUP leader Arlene Foster will attend the game.

No final announcement has been made yet but it is understood the former Stormont first minister is still "keen to go" to the game on Sunday which will see her home county Fermanagh chase their first provinicial title when they face Donegal.

When asked yesterday if a decision had been taken the DUP declined to comment.

It was suggested last week that discussions are ongoing with Gardaí surrounding Mrs Foster's travel and security at the match in Clones.


Earlier this month, Mrs Foster hailed the county's success in making its first final in a decade with a shock semi-final win over Monaghan and she moved a step closer last weekend to making an appearance at the match when she met the Fermanagh team.

Mrs Foster, who has never attended a GAA match before, met with representatives from her native county ahead of the clash, including Fermanagh county board officials and team members.

Arlene Foster met the Fermanagh GAA team at the weekend. Picture by Hugh Russell

The event took place at the Lough Erne Resort, where a team gathering took place after a training session and brought with her a good luck card, which she signed "from a proud Fermanagh woman to her neighbours".

In return she was presented with a team jersey and was photographed with the Fermanagh senior team manager, Rory Gallagher, and members of the board.

When asked if she would be attending Sunday's final, the Fermanagh assembly member said "we will wait and see".

The GAA's Ulster Council has declined to say if Mrs Foster has been invited to the game.

It is understood that no senior unionist politician has attended an Ulster Championship match, although it has been suggested that it would be easier for Mrs Foster to attend a GAA match across the border where she would view Amhrán na bhFiann and the tricolour as the symbols of another state.

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