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Community outrage at Altnaveigh Orange Hall attack

26 May, 2008

Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has expressed condemnation after an attack on Altnaveigh Orange Hall.

Mr Murphy said,

"I would condemn this attack wholeheartedly and without reservation. All such attacks are wrong and should stop immediately"

"I was informed of the attack on the Hall by member of the local Altnaveigh Lodge. They also expressed a concern that as the Hall had been left unsecured, there was a fear amongst Lodge members that those who did this would come back and try to burn the Hall.

"I passed those concerns onto community activists who lived in the locality and I am aware that they visited the Hall during the course of Saturday evening and night to help in a most practical way to ensure that no further vandalism would be carried out on this occasion.

Those facts for themselves clearly indicate that the vast majority of the local community are angered and sickened by this incident".

Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne Councillor Charlie Casey echoing his colleague's comments said that there was no such place for attacks on Orange Halls, Community Halls, local Schools, Sports Clubs and places of worship.

"Those engaged in these types of activities have nothing to offer our communities or society in general. Most of us view these attacks as attacks on us all not just on one or other specific tradition or group. " he said.

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