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Ó Donnghaile condemns sectarian attack on youth club minibus

27 August, 2009


Sinn Féin Representative for east Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile has condemned those responsible for last night’s sectarian attack on a minibus used by the Doyle Youth Club from the Short Strand.

The bus was attacked while children from the club, aged between 12 and 14, were playing a football match in Victoria Park.

Speaking after viewing the damage to the bus this morning Mr Ó Donnghaile said;

“There is a considerable amount of damage to the bus, a resource used extensively by the Doyle Youth Club, ironically enough, quite often for the purposes of cross community work and engagement.

Thankfully no one was hurt in last night’s sectarian attack, although undoubtedly this will cause a great deal of trauma to the children, not just who were there last night, but the children who depend on this bus week in and week out.

I want to commend the quick action of the volunteers who were with the children last night and who ensured their safe return to the area.

I would call on anyone who may have been in the park, walking the dog, going for a run or even just taking a dander, and who saw anything to bring that information to the PSNI as soon as possible in order to help apprehend the thugs responsible for this serious attack.” CRÍOCH

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