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Anger at attacks on nationalist homes in Newtownabbey

19 July, 2005

Sinn Féin Newtownabbey councillor Breige Meehan has expressed outrage at the attacks on nationalist homes and vehicles in Newtownabbey last night. Three homes were attacked and a works van belonging to a recently deceased man was destroyed.

Cllr Meehan said:

"These attacks are despicable. Across the greater North Belfast area and Newtownabbey there has been an increasing number of attacks on nationalist homes and property carried out by unionist paramilitaries.

"For many nationalists this has been going on for years. For many families this is the final straw.

"Thankfully no-one was seriously injured. The trauma and stress of people having to live with this sectarian campaign of attack and intimidation is unacceptable. The more so as it comes in the middle of the Orange Order marching season when the Orange Order are reinforcing sectarian attitudes particularly in their refusal to treat nationalists with common courtesy.

"Unionist political leaders, church, community and civic leaders as well as the Orange Order have a responsibility to bring these sectarian attacks to an end. The failure to take on sectarianism within their community is an abdication of that responsibility." ENDS

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