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O’Dowd reiterates condemnation of attacks on Orange Halls

2 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Spokesperson, John O'Dowd MLA (Upper Bann) has reiterated the calls from Party President, Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness to those responsible for ongoing attacks on Orange Halls to stop.

Mr. O'Dowd said:

"I can accept the frustration and anger expressed by representatives of the Orange Order concerning the reprehensible attacks on their properties. But I cannot accept the accusations that Sinn Féin is not doing all that it can to dissuade those responsible to stop. Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness and every other Sinn Féin elected representative has been clear and unequivocal in their condemnation of these attacks.

"Short of mounting a 24 hour guard on Orange Halls, Sinn Féin has consistently been to the fore in attempting to create the conditions of inclusivity and reconciliation that would see those involved in these attacks, whether on Orange Halls or GAA property or Churches, rejected by the entire community.

"Hopefully as nationalist, unionist and other political, business and community leaders show example by demonstrating respect for each other and our differences then the message that this type of behaviour is unacceptable will get through.

"In the meantime, I would urge everyone to be vigilant and to come forward with any information that they may have about these attacks." ENDS

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