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PSNI chief meets Ulster GAA officials

Simon Byrne (centre) pictured with Oliver Galligan (left) and Brian McAvoy of Ulster GAA. Picture from Simon Byrne/ Twitter

PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne last night said he was looking forward to attending a GAA match as he was presented with a personalised jersey during a meeting with Ulster GAA officials.

The police chief posted photographs on Twitter of himself being given the top as he met Ulster GAA president Oliver Galligan and Ulster Council secretary Brian McAvoy.

In the post, he also wrote 'thank-you' in Irish and said he hoped to attend a GAA match "very soon".

"Very productive meeting with @UlsterGAA today, a great opportunity to discuss a range of important issues," he wrote.

"Go raibh maith agat Uachtarán Oliver Galligan and Rúnaí Brian McAvoy for their hospitality & gift of a #livetoplay jersey.

"I look forward to attending a game very soon."

It comes just weeks after the police chief was criticised for another Twitter post that featured him posing with heavily armed officers at a south Armagh police station.

Mr Byrne posed for the Christmas Day social media snap with officers holding heavy weapons, including rifles with `night-sights' attached.

The tweet, which featured them standing outside the heavily fortified police base in Crossmaglen, was criticised by nationalist politicians.

Mr Byrne later said the tweet "was never meant as a comment on the community of Crossmaglen and south Armagh area and I am sorry for any offence that has been caused".

Simon Byrne posed with armed PSNI officers in Crossmaglen in December. Picture from Simon Byrne/ Twitter

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