SDLP East Derry MLA Cara Hunter has called on Rory Gallagher to stand aside ahead of this weekend’s Ulster Final after allegations of domestic violence were made against him by his wife on social media.

Nicola Gallagher posted harrowing incidents of alleged domestic violence by her husband, from whom she is separated from, which spanned 24 years.

Mr. Gallagher in response, issued a statement through his solicitors stating allegations made against him have been investigated by the relevant authorities.

The PSNI confirmed they investigated a number of reported incidents and files were sent to the Public Prosecution Servie (PPS).

The PPS said they received these files in January and June of last year which they considered. However, due to insufficient evidence a decision not to prosecute was taken in January 2022 and September 2022.


Ms. Hunter said that women and girls across Ireland will not be able to support his leadership of the team given the seriousness of the issue and called on Mr. Gallagher to do the right thing and stand aside.

“Domestic violence is an insidious issue that infects communities across Ireland and blights the daily lives of women and girls. It leaves lives shattered and people fearing for their safety in their own homes. Given the seriousness of the issues exposed this week I do not believe it is appropriate for Rory Gallagher to lead the Derry team ahead of the Ulster Final. He should do the right thing and stand aside.

“There are women and girls across our community and across Ireland who will not be able to support his leadership of the team. They need to be respected and their voice needs to be heard, especially by Derry GAA. This is a moment for strong leadership and to stand with people from across our communities who have been victims of the most horrific abuse.

“Derry GAA needs to send a strong message of support to women and girls in our community right now. This is a test for the county board and for those in positions of leadership. There is only one acceptable outcome.”

Derry GAA were contacted by The Impartial Reporter on Wednesday asking if Mr. Gallagher would be involved in this Sunday's Ulster Final and about the allegations by Mrs. Gallagher.

A spokesperson said: "Derry GAA condemns all forms of domestic violence. We encourage anyone who has experienced domestic violence to report it to the relevant authorities immediately."