19 August 2005

Unionist paramilitary campaign continues

Sinn Féin

**McGuigan is assuming that unionist politicians are against Catholics being attacked or killed.

Published: 19 August, 2005

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Antrim Philip McGuigan has said that there seems to be no end in sight to the anti-Catholic campaign being waged by the unionist paramilitaries in North Antrim. Mr McGuigan's comments come after a pipe bomb was left outside a home in Ballymena and a bar and house were attacked in Rasharkin.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Yesterday Sinn Féin appealed to unionist politicians who sit on forums and commissions with the leaders of the UVF and UDA to start using their influence to get these attacks stopped. This plea seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

"Last night the ongoing campaign continued with attacks on a bar and catholic owned home in Rasharkin and a pipe bomb left outside a house in Ballymena. Given the scale and nature of this campaign of violence and intimidation it is only a matter of time before somebody is killed. That is the reality.

"So I would repeat the call we made yesterday to the leadership of the DUP and UUP. What exactly are they talking to the UDA and UVF about on the Loyalist Commission. Is their engagement with the unionist paramilitaries simply about Orange Marches or are they now going to step up to the mark and make clear demands on these organisations to end this campaign." ENDS

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