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Sinn Féin comments on latest sectarian attack in North Antrim

25 August, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim Phillip McGuigan has this morning said that last night's sectarian petrol bomb attack outside Ballymoney is 'just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attacks upon vulnerable nationalist communities in North Antrim'.

Speaking prior to a meeting with Shaun Woodward, Mr McGuigan said:

"Over the past weeks and months there has been a sustained campaign of intimidation and terror directed at the nationalist community in the north of Antrim. Pipe-Bombs, Paint Bombs, attacks upon churches, homes and school have become the norm. These attacks have been allowed to become the norm because of the ambivalence of many unionist political representatives.

"Whilst nationalist homes come under sustained attack, the DUP are quite happy to bleat on about the Colombia 3, rather than dealing with the sectarian campaign around them. I want to reiterate my belief that the DUP and others, who sit on Forums and Commissions with the leaderships of the UDA and UVF can help bring about an end to these attacks. As the largest unionist party, they have an obligation to face down the loyalist thugs intent on fermenting sectarian division." ENDS

Note for Editor:

A Sinn Féin delegation of Mary Lou McDonald MEP, Philip McGuigan MLA (North Antrim), Cllr Margaret McClenaghan (North Belfast) and Short Strand representative Deborah Devenny will meet with British NIO Minster Shaun Woodward today, Thursday 25th August, at 2pm at Castle Buildings to discuss the ongoing campaign of attacks on nationalists.

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