25 August 2005

Attack on Catholic owned pub latest in long line of sectarian attacks

Sinn Féin

Published: 24 August, 2005

Sinn Féin Councillor for Dunmurry Cross Angela Nelson has today said that an attack on a Catholic owned pub in Dunmurry Village is part of a concerted sectarian campaign waged by Unionist paramilitaries across the Six Counties.

Ms Nelson made her comments after the Motte and Bailey pub was attacked with paint-bombs last night.

Speaking today Ms Nelson said: "Yesterday evenings attack is the latest in a long line of attacks against this specific public house, and part of a wider campaign of sectarian harassment against vulnerable nationalist communities right across the north.

"On the 11th August, two young men leaving the pub were attacked as Apprentice Boys paraded through Dunmurry Village. Since then the premises have been attacked on a number of occasions and cars have been set alight. Nationalists in Dunmurry are rightly querying whether or not CCTV footage in the area has captured these attacks, and if the PSNI are prepared to act on this information. If the PSNI are able to arrest people in connection with unrest in the Ardoyne, then why can't the same apply here in Dunmurry?

"For many years now, the borough of Lisburn has been a cold house for nationalists, both inside and outside of the Council Chamber. Unionist politicians have a responsibility to challenge those loyalist paramilitaries who are intent on stirring up sectarian hatred. Indeed, they could start by facing up to those they sit with on various parading and community forums. Unfortunately, most nationalists believe that unionist politicians are not up to the challenge." ENDS

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