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Concerted attempts to intimidate Ahoghill Nationalists

30 June, 2005


Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim Philip McGuigan has called on Unionist politicians to show leadership and urge respect for the Nationalist community of Ahoghill, Co.Antrim.

His comments come after another surge of sectarian attacks on Catholic owned property and homes. Both the local school and the Chapel were paint bombed and anti Catholic slogans written on the properties over recent days. There was also glass scattered around the grounds of the Catholic Church.

Mr McGuigan said:

"This week we have seen a concerted attack on both the local Catholic church and primary school as well as the continued attacks on catholic families living in the village.

"These attacks are motivated by sectarianism and seem to be an attempt to remove any semblance of Non Unionist culture in Ahoghill.

"This cannot be allowed to continue. Unionist elected representatives need to publicly tackle this issue and try to defuse tensions particularly in the run up to the 12th.

"A number of Nationalists have expressed their concern about the onslaught and the rise in levels of abuse directed towards them over the past couple of weeks.

"We need to be confident that abuse of Nationalists isn't part of what Unionists call their 'culture'. We need them to prove this to the people of Ahoghill and other isolated areas in North Antrim." ENDS

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