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Gerry Kelly slams attack on Our Lady of Merch girls school

29 September, 2003


Sinn Féin representative for north Belfast Gerry Kelly has slammed the attack on Our Lady of Mercy Girls secondary school today. The attack has left five cars destroyed and another three damaged.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"This is a completely unjustifiable attack. It has left both teachers and pupils distressed and shaken. There is no other reason for this attack other than blatant sectarianism and it is an attempt to target and intimidate the most vulnerable in the community.

"Schools are regarded by the vast majority of the community as revered and untouchable. Parents leave their children to school and believe it will be a safe and secure environment. Those responsible for these attacks are attempting to make this impossible.

"Attacks against schools, their pupils, and their teachers of whatever denomination are wrong. The recent escalation in the targeting of schools must cease immediately and they must be left as places of safety and education for our children.

"I am calling on all those with influence within the loyalist community including the UPRG and the Loyalist commission to do all in their power to bring these attacks to an end" ENDS

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