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Angry response to vandalism of bilingual sign

Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí has spoken of his anger and disgust following the latest incident of vandalism on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s bilingual road signs.

The sign located in the Drumbanagher area of Poyntzpass displays a welcome messags in both Irish and in English, in line with the Council’s Bilingualism Policy.  However, recently it was spray painted by vandals which has been described by Councillor Ó Muiri as “naked sectarianism”.

“There are people out there who would exact criminal damage on a sign, for what purpose?  Where are the political representatives of these people? Why are they not the first to condemn such wanton vandalism? Do they even condemn the actions?” the irate councillor asked, adding that the sign’s Irish wording was obliterated and appeared to be “signed off” by the UDA.

Urging residents of the district to respect Council property and each other, he added: “If we can learn to live in mutual respect, understanding of our differences and appreciation of our strengths, we will have a much more tolerant society.  The day of the gang lurking in the dead of night to carry out such disrespectful crimes is surely over”.