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TD attempts to raise Loyalist attacks on apartments off Belfast's Sandy Row in Dáil

5 May, 2004

Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan today attempted to raise in the Dáil the issue of sectarian and racist attacks by loyalists from Sandy Row in Belfast on a block of apartments in the City. The private apartment block, which is occupied by young professionals and students from a range of nationalities and religions, has been the target of constant loyalist protests for over a week.

Deputy Morgan asked the Ceann Comhairle to suspend Standing Orders so that "the disgraceful but not surprising racist and sectarian attacks in the Sandy Row area of East Belfast, which are orchestrated by unionist paramilitary gangs against residents of the apartments," could be discussed.

The County Louth TD was also severely critical of Unionist politicians from both the UUP and the DUP who he accused of defending the attacks "in direct contravention of the Good Friday Agreement which seeks to guarantee the right of all people in the Six Counties to live free from intimidation".

Deputy Morgan went on to call on the Department of Foreign Affairs to become "more active in highlighting these attacks and to raise the issue more forcefully with the British until action is taken by them to end all such attacks." ENDS

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