GAA fire to be investigated by Police Ombudsman

Sean Dolan's GAA club
Image caption Sean Dolan's GAA club was badly damaged in an arson attack

The investigation into a fire at a GAA clubhouse in Londonderry has been referred to the Police Ombudsman.

The PSNI originally said the fire was not started deliberately but later said it was arson.

Sean Dolan's GAA club was badly damaged in a fire on 28 December and will have to be rebuilt.

The ombudsman's office will now carry out an independent examination of the police actions during their investigation into the fire.

District Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin, referred the matter to the police ombudsman's office.

The club first contacted the police ombudsman after taking advice from the Derry County Board.

At the same meeting the decision was taken to rebuild the clubhouse

Sean Dolan's committee member Billy Dobbins said it was a "positive move."

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the decision to refer the matter to the police ombudsman.

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