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North Antrim residents to seek Dáil support as loyalist attacks continue

3 October, 2005

Residents of isolated nationalist communities in North Antrim are travelling to Leinster House on Wednesday 5th October where they hope to meet with the leaders and representatives of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, PDs, Labour Party, Greens and Independents. For many months now these communities have been at the receiving end of a vicious sectarian campaign with daily attacks on Catholic homes, schools and churches and they will be seeking cross-party support to bring these attacks to an end.

The delegation will be available to speak to the media outside the Kildare Street entrance at 12 o'clock.

Speaking in advance of the visit Sinn Féin Dáil Group leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said: "For some time now residents of a number of isolated nationalist communities across the North have endured daily attacks and intimidation from unionist paramilitaries. And with loyalist violence continuing people in such areas feel very vulnerable.

"There is a responsibility on politicians, north and south, not merely to condemn such sectarian attacks, but also to stand in solidarity with these communities and protect the right of all to live free from sectarian harassment.

"I hope that parties in the Dáil will not be silent in the face of such sectarian attacks. I hope that they will meet with these residents and support the campaign to bring all sectarian attacks to an end." ENDS

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