‘Juvenile vandals do not represent local people’ – Fitzpatrick after vandalism of sign

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Friday, July 1st, 2016
The SDLP chair of Newry, Mourne and Down Council Gillian Fitzpatrick says those who painted over part of a bi-lingual council sign do not represent the majority of people in the area. Sign Newry Mourne and Down signSpeaking to Newry Times, Cllr FItzpatrick said, “This juvenile act will disappoint not only the Nationalist community here but also members of the Unionist community who know that there is no place for bigotry and sectarianism in our society. “I was appalled when I came across this vandalism because not only is it a personal affront, but it also is a false representation to visitors of this beautiful part of the north. “The tourism industry here belongs to all communities and so the consequence of this malicious act is felt by each of us. We want to encourage visitors to travel here and have an enjoyable, peaceful experience – not one marred by ignorance and hatred.
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July 2016She added, “There is no place for that here and as chair of the council I am confident every party will support that. Much good work has been done by the council to bring people together and this will not derail that.”
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