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Councillor released after arrest as fight breaks out on Twelfth return parade

By Laura Abernethy

Published 13/07/2016

Padraig McShane is arrested after an altercation during the parade in Ballycastle
Padraig McShane is arrested after an altercation during the parade in Ballycastle

A councillor arrested in Ballycastle after a fight broke out on the return leg of a Twelfth parade has been released on police bail.

Independent councillor Padraig McShane was arrested by police following a confrontation with bandsmen about a fire bomb attack on his house.

Videos on social media show men shouting "We burnt your house down" at Mr McShane as police tried to intervene on Market Street in the Co Antrim seaside town.

He was released on bail on Wednesday evening. Mr McShane told the BBC he would be referring the matter to the Police Ombudsman and was considering legal action.

Mr McShane resigned from Sinn Fein in 2010 and is now an independent member of the Causeway Coast and Glens council.

His Ballycastle home was torched in an attack in October 2014. Mr McShane, his wife and their two teenage children were forced to move from the house because of the damage.

They were not in the house on White Hall Avenue when a flammable liquid was poured through the letterbox and set alight.

He blamed the attack on the UDA.

Mr McShane has been an outspoken critic of loyalists.

In 2011, around 150 people protested outside a sports facility in Bushmills, which Mr McShane, the then council chairman, was due to officially open. They claimed he had made sectarian comments about a parade.

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