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Catholic school children attacked in Bushmills

9 December, 2003

Moyle Sinn Fein Councillor Oliver McMullan has accused the UDA of orchestrating an attack on catholic school children in Bushmills in the early hours of this morning.

Oliver McMullan said:

"Approximately 30 children from the St Aloysius Secondary School in Cushendall all aged between 14 and 15 years arrived in Bushmills yesterday for what was to have been a week long field trip. The trip had been organised as part of a GCSE course.

"At approximately 2.00am this morning the Bushmills outward bound centre in which the party was staying was attacked by a loyalist mob. Windows were broken by bricks, stones and bottles.

"Thankfully none of the children were injured but had it not been for the swift action of teachers and hostel staff who escorted them from the centre things might have been much worse. The school party left Bushmills and returned to Cushendall there and then.

"This was a despicable and cowardly attack on innocent children. This was a sectarian incident and one orchestrated by the UDA.

"Teachers and staff are to be praised for doing everything necessary to ensure that none of the children were injured.

"The Department of Education must as a matter of urgency launch an investigation into this incident. Until such time as it can be guaranteed that there will not be a repeat of this mornings grotesque events it is not very likely that the parents of children attending catholic schools will want their children anywhere near Bushmills." ENDS

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