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Catholic Children attacked in Ballymena

23 April, 2007

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has voiced his concern after another sectarian attack took place in Ballymena, this time in the People's Park in the town.

Mr McKay said:

"The incident occurred when three schoolgirls, one as young as twelve, were approached by a group of young women who asked them if they were Catholics. When the children refused to answer they were called 'Fenian b******s' and 'Catholic scum'. The group then assaulted one of the girls before chasing them out of the park.

"I have been speaking to one of the parents involved who has said that the children have been extremely traumatised by the ordeal. The level of sectarianism which exists in this area, as demonstrated by the amount of sectarian attacks in recent times here, remains a major concern for us.

"We need to see strong leadership from all sections of society in this area if these attacks like these are to be brought to an end." ENDS

- Ballymena Sinn Féin Councillor Monica Digney will raise this issue at tonight's Council meeting.

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