Newry attacks - Wrong and unacceptable
Commenting after four stores were seriously damaged in suspected fire bomb attacks overnight in Newry the local MP Conor Murphy said:
"It is believed that these stores have been damaged by incendiary type devices. It is suspected that this is the work of one of the republican micro organisations. These groups are opposed to the peace process and opposed to the Good Friday Agreement.
"The destruction of these businesses has caused much anger in the Newry area this morning and are particularly worrying for those people employed in these four stores.
"These groups have little or no support within this community and they do not have a strategy to deliver Irish unity and independence.
"It is incumbent on all of us in political leadership to make it clear that politics can work and that politics can deliver change.
"I would call on those responsible for this incident to look objectively at the current political situation and to carefully consider your options. This sort of activity does nothing for this community and is an attack on the peace process which is supported by the overwhelming number of people on this island.
"This activity is wrong and should stop." ENDS