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FORMER Celtic midfielder John Herron has been suspended by his current club Larne and is at the centre of an investigation by the Irish FA after he was seen wearing an alleged ‘pro-IRA t-shirt.’ Larne FC have taken the action after an image appeared on social media appearing to show the former Scotland under-21 international wearing the item. The image was circulated on social media Herron made two first team appearances for Celtic Herron, 28, came through the youth ranks at Celtic and broke into the first team picture during the 2012/13 season. He made two league appearances for the Hoops before moving on to Blackpool in 2015. After spells at Dunfermline and Raith, Herron headed to Glentoran in 2018 before joining fellow NIFL Premiership side Larne two years ago where he’s been a key part of the team. An image surfaced on social media last night that has courted controversy. [read-more title=”READ MORE FOOTBALL” article_ids=”0,7979495″ shortcode_id=”1d8db111-3489-4c1d-9a20-8c0a8cfbd99c” /] The picture allegedly shows Herron wearing a t-shirt which carries pro-IRA words. It appears to refer to lyrics of a Wolfe Tones song called “Celtic Symphony,” which say: “Ooh ah up the Ra, say ooh ah up the Ra.” ‘Ra’ is often used as a shortened term for ‘IRA’. Before Larne made the decision, Herron was blasted by the MP for North Down, Stephen Farry. [article-rail-section title=”Most read in Football” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] The Alliance Party Deputy Leader posted on Twitter: “The picture of Larne FC player, John Herron, wearing a pro-IRA tee-shirt on social media is sickening. “There must be zero tolerance of the celebration of terrorism, whether that is Republican or Loyalist. “The club and IFA need to investigate and take appropriate action.” SunSport approached Larne FC and the Irish FA for comment following the circulation of the image. This morning, Larne announced they had taken the decision to suspend Herron with immediate effect. The club said: “Following the circulation of an image online yesterday evening, Larne Football Club can confirm John Herron has been suspended with immediate effect. “For the period of his suspension, John will not represent the club in fixtures at any level. An investigation into this incident is now underway. “We have shown that we are an inclusive football club for all, demonstrated not only in words but also by our extensive work in the local community. “There is no room for behaviour which falls outside of this ethos and we fully expect members, players and anyone associated with the club to reflect these standards at all times. [read-more title=”Read More on The Sun” article_ids=”9317817,9318568″ shortcode_id=”b78de065-779f-492c-a048-36e56368fa13″ /] “We will be making no further comment until the investigation has been completed.” An Irish FA spokesperson said: “We are aware of the image that is being circulated and can confirm that the matter will be investigated accordingly by the association.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football pageEx-Celtic star John Herron SUSPENDED after wearing ‘pro IRA t-shirt’ in a ‘celebration of terrorism’
A SOLICITOR for one of two men convicted of the murder of PSNI/RUC officer Stephen Carroll has raised fresh concerns about the case.
John Finucane was speaking at an event organised by the Justice for the Craigavon Two campaign as part of Féile an Phobail on Friday 07/8/2015. Mr Carroll (48), was shot dead by a Continuity IRA (CIRA) sniper as he answered an emergency call in Craigavon March 2009. Two Craigavon men Brendan McConville (Yandy) and John Paul Wootton (JP) are both serving lengthy prison sentences after being convicted of his murder under joint enterprise laws. Prosecutors have never been able to attribute a role to either man, wrongly convicted, who both deny they played any part in the attack. Other speakers at the event included members of English based campaign group Jengba - Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association - and Kevin Hearty who spoke about policing in the North. During the event Mr Finucane, who represents John Paul Wootton (JP) said that "if the judge isn't sure what John Paul (JP) did then I don't think he can be sure beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty of a plan to murder a police officer. "The role has never been described," he said. "The judge made reference at the trial that it was some sort of logistical support after the event. "At the appeal that changed to some type of logistical support either before or after. "I don't think you need to be a lawyer to have concerns that is exceptionally vague. "Again it ties John Paul (JP) into an act, a conspiracy which really there is very little evidence for." Mr Finucane is a son of Human Rights solicitor Pat Finucane who was murdered by loyalists and security force collusion in February 1989.
With many thanks to Connla YoungThe Irish Newsfor the origionial story.
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