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Sinn Féin slams Holy Cross Bomb Hoax

1 September, 2003


Sinn Féin Councillor for Ardoyne Margaret McClenaghan has slammed the leaving of a hoax device at the gates of Holy Cross Girls Primary School. The device, which was claimed by the Red Hand Defenders, a cover name for the UDA, caused considerable disturbance to both the parents and children on the first day of term.

Speaking today Cllr McClenaghan said:

"This is a completely unjustifiable attack on school children. On what for many is an excitable and pleasant day, being the first day back to school after the summer holidays, we see loyalists targeting Holy Cross pupils by attaching a device to the railings of the school.

"The device has been claimed by the Red Hand Defenders, a cover name used by the UDA, who have also stated that there are another two devices on the route to the school. This will undoubtedly serve to compound the fears of the teachers, parents and children going to and from Holy Cross.

"I would urge everyone to be vigilant over the coming days. This attack on the Holy Cross school children follows a weekend where several nationalist homes were attacked and families intimidated in the Deerpark area. It is clear that there are elements within the UDA who are once again intent on stoking up sectarian tensions in north Belfast." ENDS

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