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Another home of Sinn Féin Councillor attacked

4 May, 2004

Lagan Valley Sinn Féin Representative Councillor Paul Butler has reacted angrily to an attack last night on the Poleglass home of his party colleague and fellow Lisburn Councillor Veronica Willis.

Cllr. Butler said:

" Last night the Poleglass home of my council colleague Veronica Willis was attacked with ball bearings. The windows in the house were broken and it was only through good fortune that nobody was seriously injured.

" In the past two weeks alone there have been similar attacks on my own home and on the homes of Belfast Sinn Féin councillors Chrissie McAuley and Fra McCann. Those carrying out these attacks are operating across greater West Belfast and have accurate and up to date information about the addresses of Sinn Féin Representatives. One obvious source of such information is the PSNI.

" It is now very clear that there is an ongoing and orchestrated campaign of intimidation being carried out against Sinn Féin. If this was happening to any other political party there would be a media and political outcry. But as with the campaign of British state sponsored murder carried out against our party in the late 1980s and early 1990s these attacks are being largely ignored.

" This sort of intimidation will not deter Sinn Féin from representing the electorate. We will not be intimidated from continuing to provide a much needed service for the communities we represent. Those responsible for these attacks and those providing the information for them to take place need to reflect upon that reality." ENDS

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