Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Sectarian graffiti daubed on Orange Hall a day after it's repainted

Vandals have daubed sectarian graffiti on the walls of an Orange Hall - just 24 hours after it was repainted following a separate attack.

The damage at Dunloy hall is believed to have occurred while Orangemen were taking part in a Twelfth parade at Ballycastle.

Slogans including 'IRA' and 'Up the Ra' were written on the walls, which had been newly-painted after the previous graffiti.

North Antrim MLA Jim Allister described the vandalism as "the latest outpouring of republican bile against the local Protestant community".

"Choosing the very time when the Orangemen were celebrating the Twelfth to commit this hate crime and besmirch the hall with their IRA slogans was itself an attempt to proclaim who rules in Dunloy," he said.

The hall has been plagued by attacks in recent years.

At one time the entire building was covered in slogans.

A PSNI spokesman confirmed police were investigating the latest vandalism.

Anyone with relevant information should contact them on 0845 600 8000 or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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