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Paint attack on Sinn Féin office

Sinn Fein paint attack
Paint was thrown over a 32 foot election poster erected outside the Sinn Féin constituency office on James Street in Omagh on Thursday night.

Sinn Féin have reported the incident to the PSNI who have retrieved material from the scene.

According to West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty CCTV footage has also caught the culprits launching their attack at 11.02pm on Thursday night.

He said, “I condemn in the strongest terms the most recent attack on our party’s election campaign in the Omagh District. The paint bombing of our office follows a litany of incidents including the removal and defacing of our posters.

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“The despicable act by these culprits was made all the worse as they used the sanctity of church grounds across the way to launch their attack.”

The 32 foot poster, one foot for every county in Ireland, pictures all the local Sinn Féin candidate for the forthcoming election on May 22. It had only been erected on Monday of this week.

Cllr Sean Begley said, “We have invested heavily in this office to provide a constituency service for all the people of the area. We have a strong team who work for all our communities and this incident will not deter us from that work and certainly not affect our efforts for the election on May 22.”

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Omagh Sinn Féin election candidate Catherine Kelly was one of the first on the scene. She said it was not only an attack on the party but also the whole community.

“This is a disgraceful attack on our constituency office, which is a vital base where we assist the local community with welfare advice, education, health and many other issues,” said Catherine. “This is not just an attack on us; it is an attack on the whole community.

“We are also very mindful of the local residents, many of them elderly who may be frightened by this incident. “Sinn Féin’s work and growth will not be stopped by the actions of fools and the people of Omagh will have their opportunity next week to send a strong message that this destructive activity will not be tolerated.”

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