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Attack on Irish language signs in Tyrone - call for unionists to show leadership

A Sinn Fein MLA has expressed his frustration after another attack on Irish language signs in Co Tyrone.

Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Colm Gildernew has slammed those responsible for vandalising Irish language road signage on the Killyliss Road, Dungannon and Annaghroe, Caledon over the weekend. 

It is the second attack on Irish language signs in the area this month.

“This is the latest in a series of attacks on Irish language road signs across South Tyrone. There is no excuse for this type of vandalism and it cannot be tolerated," the Sinn Fein MLA said.

“Signage is often subject to a rigorous community process prior to erection, therefore, these attacks fly in the face of people's consent.

“The vandalism of these signs and others in the borough forms part of a campaign of intolerance against the Irish language in recent months in the area, and should be condemned by all.

Mr Gildernew said unionist politicians should intervene to stop the attacks.

“There is a need for some in political unionism in particular to show leadership on this issue.

“Unfortunately, this is indicative of the attitude of some in society who show a complete disregard and lack of respect for the Irish identity and further focus the need for protection of Irish Language rights through legislation.

“I have reported these attacks to the PSNI and I am appealing to anyone with information to bring it forward so those responsible can be held to account for these disgraceful crimes.”

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