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Sectarian graffiti mars council welcome signs

INTIMIDATING...The graffiti on one of the signs welcoming people to the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area.

INTIMIDATING…The graffiti on one of the signs welcoming people to the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area.

GRAFFITI which was daubed on a welcoming sign into the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area was an attempt to intimidate, according to one local councillor.

The slogan ‘Ulster is British’ and ‘UDA’ was emblazoned on the sign located on the Baronscourt Road between Drumquin and Castlederg.

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Council officials have since removed the writing, but local Sinn Féin councillor, Frankie Donnelly, said those behind the vandalism were ‘misplaced and misguided’.

“It is ironic that, while the Irish writing on the sign has been completely blanked out, those responsible also defaced the Ulster Scots element,” he said.

“This is a blatant example of vandalism in the guise of some form of misguided loyalism. In reality, it is also racist and an attempt to intimidate one section of the community,” Cllr Donnelly continued.

“These signs have been erected at the main roads into our district as a gesture of welcome.

“Unfortunately, the people responsible for this decided to carry out a completely unnecessary act of vandalism, and most probably under the cover of darkness.”

Cllr Donnelly said the sign had been cleaned almost immediately after the vandalism had been brought to the attention of council officers.

The defacing of the sign comes amid plans by the council to replace all the welcoming signs in the district following problems with the size of the print on them.

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