[Sinn Fein]

7 July 2000

Martin McGuinness calls for end to attacks on Orange halls

Sinn Fein MP Martin McGuinness said today that attacks on Orange Order halls and property have no place in republican politics. The Mid-Ulster MP was speaking after an arson attack on Kilrea Orange Hall.

Mr McGuinness said:

``Damage caused to the property belonging to the Orange Order lends nothing useful to the current situation.

``I wish to state clearly that activity of this nature is sectarian, it is counter-productive, and it runs contrary to republican thinking.

``I appeal to anyone inclined towards such activity to immediately desist.''

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