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Unionists challenged to help end attacks on GAA fans

1 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Upper Bann representative Dr Dara O'Hagan has accused loyalists of trying to inflict serious injury on Gaelic football fans travelling into Lurgan last night. Dr O'Hagan said:

"In what was a clearly orchestrated attack several cars carrying Armagh Gaelic football supporters were damaged in attacks in the Malcolm Road area of Lurgan last night. Many of the vehicles carried families with young children. One of the cars most severely damaged had children aged 10 and 7 years on board.

"The people responsible for these attacks are well aware that occaisions such as yesterdays All Ieland semi-final are family events. Despite this, atacks on GAA supporters have become more and more frequent in this area. The perpetrators know that supporters must travel through the Malcolm Road area and wait for them there.

"The silence of the unionist political and community leaderships has not gone unnoticed by nationalists. I would challenge those with influence in the local unionist community to firstly condemn theses attacks and then proceed to use their influence in a manner which will ensure that there is no repeat of the bitter display of sectarianism directed at GAA fans in Lurgan last night." ENDS

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