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DUP councillor 'sick' of complaints over leisure centre staff wearing GAA tops

A DUP councillor has said the wearing of GAA tops by staff at Craigavon's South Lake Leisure Centre was 'totally unacceptable'. Picture by Presseye/PA Wire

A DUP councillor has said she is "fed up" of receiving phone calls from people complaining that staff at a Craigavon leisure centre are wearing GAA tops instead of a uniform.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council member Margaret Tinsley said the issue was "totally unacceptable" and urged the council to "get a grip" on its staff at the South Lake Leisure Centre.

"I have raised this on numerous occasions and I don’t know what it is going to take to get it sorted out," she told the council's monthly meeting this week.

Ms Tinsley said she had been at the centre herself last weekend, adding: "To be fair I only saw one member of staff with a GAA top on but I am sick of my phone ringing being told that staff at this facility are wearing GAA tops."

She said: "On Saturday afternoon I saw a member of staff wearing a GAA top, not shorts, a top - and they were in the pool.

"Could I ask HR, or whoever is responsible, to get a grip on this? I am fed up getting phone calls about it."

The councillor added: "The same stands for any other football tops but I am not getting complaints about that, the complaints I receive concern the wearing of GAA tops."

The council's head of estates and asset management, Jonathan Hayes, told members he would discuss the issue with the centre's manager "to ensure that communication goes out to all staff right across leisure to ensure the appropriate dress code is maintained".

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