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SF Challenge Factions to Explain Attacks on Nationalist Community in Lurgan

13 April, 2011


Upper Bann Sinn Féin representative Johnny McGibbon has challenged those who once again caused a security alert outside St. Francis Primary School and St. Pauls Junior High School in Lurgan to explain directly to the community in the town and especially the parents of the young children affected what exactly is being gained from their actions.
Mr McGibbon said:
“For the second time in a week a security alert has been caused outside St. Francis Primary School and St. Pauls Junior High School in Lurgan. Significant disruption is being caused to children, parents and local residents. Over 1000 children have been forced out of their schools. This area is the site of two schools, a GAA club and the local church not to mention hundreds of homes. The decision to leave these suspect packages is very deliberate and calculated.
“I am publicly challenging those people behind these actions or the political fronts that claim to speak for them to come into the community in Lurgan and stand over their actions. Let them spell out what exactly is being achieved by attacking the local nationalist community. Let them spell out why primary school children are now in their sights.
“Unlike these factions Sinn Féin are not afraid to face the people. That is why we are on doorsteps across this constituency with a positive message of Equality and Unity in Upper Bann. Let these groups now take up my challenge and come out and debate with me and the community in Lurgan and stand over the disruption they are causing to ordinary people’s lives.” ENDS

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