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Paisley Jnr's comments ignore reality of intimidation in Ahoghill - Philp McGuigan

11 November, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim Philip McGuigan has today slammed comments made by Ian Paisley Junior after posters were erected in Ahoghill, Co Antrim stating that GAA jerseys were not welcome in the village.

In response to media questioning, the DUP MLA said that he found it difficult to take the threats seriously.

Speaking today Mr McGuigan said:

"Ian Paisley Junior's comments are reflective of the DUP attitude to the ongoing campaign of intimidation against the Catholic community in North Antrim over recent months.

"During the height of the loyalist sectarian campaign of intimidation the silence of DUP representatives in the county spoke volumes. Now we have Ian Paisley Jnr saying that he finds it difficult to take such threats seriously. Well Mr Paisley should go to the village and tell those residents who have been under siege since the summer and before, that he is unconcerned by the posters.

"These disgraceful comments show the distance the DUP must still travel if it is to disassociate itself from the vestiges of militant and sectarian loyalism. In fact, the DUP have contributed to the cold house culture which pervades many vulnerable nationalist communities in North Antrim" ENDS

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