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Mayor of Armagh criticises attack

22 October, 2003


Sinn Féin assembly candidate for Newry/Armagh, Mayor of Armagh Cllr Pat O'Rawe has expressed deep concern at the shooting at the home of a Swedish family in Ard Ri in Armagh on Tuesday night. Cllr O'Rawe said that she was glad that no one was injured in the attack that occurred around midnight.

"There does not appear to be a clear motive behind this attack. It has been suggested that because this family are Swedish then some sort of racial motive is behind the attack. All enquires that I have made regarding this have drawn a blank. There have been no recorded cases of xenophobia in this part of the town and I am off the opinion that is not the case now.

"But the uncertainty of the motive aside I would be very critical of those responsible for this shooting. Thankfully no one was injured but the disastrous consequences of such an attack is all too apparent." ENDS

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