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Anti-Catholic remarks fuel Church Attacks

9 July, 2009

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Antrim Daithi McKay has said that the overnight attacks on three Catholic churches in Ballymena were motivated by the same anti-Catholic sentiment articulated by the Culture Minister Nelson McCausland when he publicly states that he will not take part in events in Catholic churches.

Mr McKay said:

“Since he came into office less than a week ago Nelson McCausland has engaged in a media campaign attacking the GAA, the Irish Language and now the Catholic Church. The sectarianism which underpins his politics is exactly the same as that which motivated the overnight attacks on the three Catholic Churches in the Ballymena area.

“It is no good for individual DUP members to condemn sectarian attacks when one of the people selected by their party leader to serve as a Minister in the Executive is directly helping to create the conditions within which sectarianism is justified and motivation is provided for disgraceful attacks like we witnessed last night.

“Once again a senior figure in the DUP has failed the test of political leadership when it comes to confronting sectarianism. We recently saw a similar abdication of leadership from Gregory Campbell in the wake of the brutal murder of Kevin McDaid in Coleraine.

“When sectarian attacks emanate from within the nationalist community I have no problem condemning them and no problem confronting those responsible or those attempting to create the conditions within which sectarianism can flourish. Indeed I see that as a key part of the work of any elected representative.” CRÍOCH

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