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Sinn Féin demands end to anti-Catholic attacks

18 October, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim Philip McGuigan, has called on the Unionist paramilitaries in the Ballymena to cease their campaign of hatred and intimidation on the Catholic community in Ballymena before they end up killing someone. His calls come in light of the last nights two petrol bomb attacks on Catholic families in the north end of the town.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Honestly, this has got to a stage were it is no longer safe for a Catholic to live in their home, in their own area in Ballymena. Some of these days I await the news of a tragedy similar to that of the Quinn children in Ballymoney, carried out by the unionist paramilitaries.

"Last night we see again the hatred felt within the loyalist community in Ballymena. These attacks have to be described as nothing more than anti Catholic. This is a step up in their attempt to intimidate these families. Just three weeks ago they were both paint bombed but now its petrol.

"It is my believe that more needs to be done within the unionist community by their so called leaders to make these people see sense and to alleviate the problems that stare the Catholic community in the face. Ian Paisley claims himself to be the leader of Unionism. If so, lets see him use his power.

"There needs to be genuine engagement within his community to get these attacks stop. I look forward to the day when I can engage with all communities to work these kind of situations out. The day can't come quick enough for the Catholic community." ENDS

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