South Down MLA Jim Wells condemns Orange Hall attacks

01 July 2016

South Down MLA Jim Wells has condemned overnight attacks on two Orange Halls in Banbridge.

Jim Wells MLA

Jim Wells

South Down MLA Jim Wells has condemned overnight attacks on two Orange Halls in Banbridge. 

Paint and graffiti was painted on the outside walls of Tanvally and Corbet Orange Halls in the early hours of Friday morning. 

Speaking after two Orange Halls were attacked overnight in Banbridge, DUP MLA Jim Wells said, “I strongly condemn these overnight attacks on both Tanvally and Corbet Orange Halls.

“To have graffiti daubed on the walls stating slogans like 'CIRA' is sinister and deeply upsetting for the whole community and those who use the halls on a regular basis.

“It is particularly sickening to see this type of attack on a day in which we remember and commemorate those who paid the supreme sacrifice and fought at the Somme 100 years ago for our freedom. People from both sides of the community fought together, side by side, and today we should be uniting together in remembrance.”

He further added, “The people who have done this despicable act are determined to drag us back into the past, however they will not succeed as nobody wants this type of behaviour in their community.”
 

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