Widespread condemnation after Bessbrook memorial attack

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Monday, February 9th, 2015
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There has been widespread condemnation from local political parties after an attack on Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook last weekend.

Paint was thrown over the memorial

According to local police, they received a report at around 4.15pm on Saturday (7th February), that paint had been daubed on a memorial in the area. Danny Kennedy, UUP MLA for Newry & Armagh condemned the latest attack on the Kingsmills memorial. Speaking to Newry Times, Kennedy said, “This is yet another sickening attack on a memorial dedicated to the memory of ten innocent Protestants murdered when coming home from work. “This will cause distress to the relatives and it has to be condemned. It is a hate crime and there should be no place in a decent society for this memorial to be damaged or violated,” he added. Newry & Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin stated, “The memorial is very important to the families of the ten innocent men who were murdered by the IRA at Kingsmills and serves as a poignant and solemn reminder of the terrible crime that was committed there. “To learn that it has been attacked is a disgrace and I sincerely hope that the police fully and rigorously investigate this hate crime, as that is exactly what this attack represents, hatred directed at a community that has suffered hugely at the hands of the IRA.” Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady described the paint attack on the memorial as a ‘criminal and disgraceful act’. “It’s absolutely disgraceful that this type of criminal activity would happen. I condemn it unreservedly. He added, “It doesn’t serve any purpose or cause, it doesn’t do anything only hurt those whose loved ones’ this monument represents.”

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