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Meehan - Home of Sinn Féin member attacked by loyalists in Antrim

9 October, 2003

South Antrim Sinn Féin Representative Cllr. Martin Meehan has accused unionist paramilitaries in Antrim of being behind an attack on the Chairperson of Sinn Féin in the town, Paddy Murray's home last night.

Cllr. Meehan said:

"Last night a gang of up to six men attacked the home of the Antrim Chairperson of Sinn Féin Paddy Murray in the Rathenraw Estate. Local people confronted the gang and gave chase as they fled into the loyalist Steeple and Parkhall area.

"This is the second sectarian attack in the Antrim town in the past week. There is a sustained campaign being carried out by unionist paramilitaries across the six counties. Only yesterday Sinn Féin launched a dossier detailing over 160 such attacks in the past three months.

"The political leadership of unionism needs to grasp this nettle. They need to be proactive in joining with the rest of us in opposing absolutely these sort of sectarian attacks." ENDS

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