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Carnmoney sectarianism a challenge to Unionism

3 October, 2005

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey, who heads the party's outreach to unionism programme, has said that he does not believe that the majority of unionists support the disgraceful sectarian scenes at Carnmoney cemetery at the weekend but added that such sectarianism is a challenge to unionism.

Mr Maskey said:

"The scourge of sectarianism is a challenge to us all.

"I do not believe that the majority of unionists support what happened at Carnmoney cemetery. I have no doubt that many would reject these scenes of squalid sectarianism allegedly being carried out in their name.

"There is a huge job of work required by those with influence within the broader unionist community to tackle sectarianism. Certainly I believe that we all need to show positive leadership and challenge the demonisation of each other.

"We need an open and honest debate about the nature, causes and extent of sectarianism within our communities.

"There can be no excuse for the scenes at Carnmoney Cemetery.

"It is essential that we stand together against the cancer of sectarianism, wherever it emanates from." ENDS

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