[Sinn Fein]

22 December 1998

Adams and McGuinness visit Garvaghy Road

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP along with party colleague Martin McGuinness MP today met with the Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition. Speaking after the meeting Mr. Adams said:

``Mr. Trimble as First Minister Designate and Upper Bann MP should directly intervene to end the siege of the Garvaghy Road, by upholding the residents right to freedom and freedom from sectarian abuse.

``For decades and especially the past six months, nationalist residents in this apartheid town have had to endure unrelenting sectarian abuse, harassment and physical and verbal assault.

``In recent days Catholic owned pubs have been attacked and customers badl!y assaulted. A Catholic owned taxi firm was forced to close for a time. One mother whose child was sick was unable to get to the hospital. This is a disgraceful and unacceptable situation. David Trimble should meet the Garvaghy Road residents as a matter of urgency and as an example to the Orange Order. He should speak directly to the residents and their representatives.''

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