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Sinn Féin councillor condemns sectarian campaign in Newtownabbey

17 March, 2013

Sinn Féin councillor Gerry O'Reilly said there is clearly a sectarian campaign ongoing within the Newtownabbey area to try and intimidate the local Catholic population.

The Newtownabbey councillor was speaking following yesterday's hoax bomb close to St Enda's GAC and this mornings alert at St Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church on the Shore Road.

The Sinn Féin councillor said.

"Clearly over the last number of weeks there has been a concerted campaign to disrupt and try to intimidate the Catholic population in the Newtownabbey area.

"This is the lowest point of sectarianism when people's place of worship is targeted. I would call on all political parties and community representatives to come out and clearly condemn this behaviour and support people's right to attend their worship free from disruption and intimidation. 

"Sectarianism is a scourge in our society and it needs to be challenged and condemned whenever or wherever it arises."

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