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Attacks on Dáithí McKay MLA and Cllr Pádraig Mc Shane utterly condemned – Sinn Féin

31 July, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay and Cllr Pádraig Mc Shane were both assaulted today in Ballymena while supporting residents in their call for the removal of materials gathered for a bonfire in the area.

Daithí McKay said,

"Both myself and Pádraig have spent the morning here in opposition to criminal and anti social elements who are using this bonfire as a cover for other activities. The community is totally opposed to this event and a multi agency approach was currently underway to handle this situation.

Cllr Mc Shane and I were attacked by a man and struck several times; this was recorded by a BBC news team that was in the area at the time. In the past Republicans have faced attack from the British as well as Loyalist Paramilitaries, we will not be silenced or deterred by a small number of hoods believing that they can dictate to the rest of the community. No one has forced their will on us in the past and we will not allow these people to do that now.

We will continue to stand with the community in opposition to the activities taking place at this bonfire and to highlight their demand for it to go."


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