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Further attacks on Harryville chapel condemned - McGuigan

12 September, 2006

Sinn Féin member for the assembly for North Antrim Philip McGuigan has said he is "disgusted" at the over night attack on the Church of Our Lady in Harryville, Ballymena.

His comments come after the church was paint bombed over night. This attack also comes on the back drop of several sectarian attacks which continue against Nationalist homes in the town.

Mr McGuigan said:

"I am totally disgusted at last nights attack on Our Lady's chapel in Harryville. We thought that the church would be left alone after measures were taken to ease tensions in the area but unfortunately there are those in the Loyalist community who wish to continue a campaign of sectarian hatred.

"The unfortunate thing is that this isn't the first incident of its kind to take place on the church. In the past we have seen petrol bombs, graffiti and windows smashed. It truly sickens me that people would go out and do this sort of damage purely to fuel their hatred for Catholics. I would call on all right thinking Unionist politicians and community leaders to condemn such bigotry and to use their influence to get these attacks stopped." ENDS

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