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McGuinness - Church attacks must end

20 September, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness has demanded that those responsible for spraying graffiti on three Protestant churches and an Orange Hall in the Magherafelt area cease this type of activity.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Over the past number of days three Protestant Churches in the Magherafelt and Castledawson areas have been targeted in sectarian graffiti attacks. An Orange Hall was also targeted. It is our understanding that they were carried out by young nationalists in the town.

"There can be no justification for this sort of behaviour. It is unacceptable and must end. Those responsible need to reflect long and hard upon their actions and ensure that this sort of sectarian behaviour is ended.

"Nationalists and republicans in the Magherafelt area are determined that these attacks will not be allowed to continue and places of worship are not desecrated in this fashion.

"Sinn Féin have met with young people in the town in recent days and we will continue to act to ensure that this type of activity is ended for good." ENDS

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