Attacks on Orange Halls must stop.
Sinn Féin representatives have stated that all attacks on Orange Halls must stop. This follows attacks on two Orange Halls over the weekend in Rasharkin and North Belfast.
Speaking on the North Belfast attack Carál Ní Chuilín said:.
“This attack has no justification behind it other than blatant sectarianism. Let me make it clear- sectarianism has no place in North Belfast.
“The Orange Hall has just had restoration work on the front carried out as part of the arterial route scheme which is designed to improve the appearance of our neighbourhoods. The removal of security shutters and cages on the building was a move in the right direction.
“Given the work that was done to have paint pattered over the front of the building for purely sectarian reasons is completely unacceptable and those behind the attack have no right to do this.”
Daithí McKay, MLA for North Antrim regarding the attack on Rasharkin Orange hall commented:
“Rasharkin has seen a series of sectarian incidents over the past months with both communities being affected. This is the 4th attack on Rasharkin Orange Hall this year.
“Let me be clear these sectarian attacks serve nobodies interest and people want them to end. They do nothing but break down community relations in the area.
“Any attacks of this nature need to be stopped immediately and those behind the attack need to realise there is no support whatsoever from the vast majority of both sections of our communities.”