Sinn Féin to raise ongoing loyalist attacks with PSNI
Sinn Féin Policing Board Member Pat Sheehan has said that he will be raising issues of ongoing Loyalist violence at the next meeting of the Policing Board.
Mr Sheehan said:
“In recent days we have seen Catholic families in Newtownards and Coleraine attacked by loyalist paramilitaries. There is a view that within certain loyalist areas these people are able to act with impunity with no fear of apprehension by the PSNI.
“The PSNI have a responsibility to ensure that Catholic families living in unionist areas are able to live free from sectarian harassment and attack. Likewise unionist political representatives need to provide leadership within these areas.
“Too often when offered with a choice political unionism will stand in the shadow of loyalist paramilitaries rather than on the side of the victim and on the side of what is right. That attitude needs to change.”