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Zero tolerance against sectarianism required - Kearney

17 July, 2015

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said a change in mindsets and tougher legislation is needed to tackle sectarianism. 

Mr Kearney said; 

"The deep-rooted levels of sectarianism in Northern society were graphically in evidence during the last fortnight. 

"An unambiguous zero tolerance must be shown against sectarian mind sets and actions by all sections of our community and towards every form of sectarian hatred - regardless of the source. 

"Forming a coalition for reconciliation from within all sections of society and taking that agenda forward would be an important start. 

"Sectarianism needs to be stamped out and the bigots wedded to sectarian violence and vandalism dealt with by effective legislation, the police and the courts. 

"Reconciliation, healing and a shared future is the only way forward. It is time for that agenda to have primacy, particularly in the North. 

"None of us have anything to fear from the exercise of mutual respect and in fact much to learn from each other and our differing political and cultural traditions." 

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