Kearney condemns Orange Hall attack
Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney has condemned as reprehensible an attack on an Orange Hall in Crumlin.
Mr Kearney said:
“I unreservedly condemn the reprehensible attack on an Orange Hall in Crumlin during the early hours of the Twelfth.
“This graffiti and arson attack was clearly timed to cause maximum offence and hurt. Those responsible knew that members of the local Orange lodge would be gathering at the hall this morning to begin their annual celebrations.
“There is no place for sectarianism in today’s society. Sinn Féin robustly defends the right for all sections of our community to peacefully and respectfully celebrate their culture. We have continually called for united political leadership to support a position of zero tolerance against all forms of sectarianism, bigotry and hate crime.
“During these periods, unrepresentative, narrow minded individuals always attempt to raise tensions in the community. I make no distinction between the bigots who carried out this attack in Crumlin, and the bigots who placed Sinn Féin and SDLP election posters on a bonfire a short distance away in Stoneyford.
“We must stand firm as one community against sectarian bigotry, wherever, and whenever it arises.
“This attack does not define the people of Crumlin. They will continue to build and maintain good relations in the village.
“However, none of us should be equivocal or complacent: those responsible for sectarian and hate crime, regardless of its source, or against whom it is aimed, must be condemned and put before the courts.”