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Martin McGuinness: Paint bomb attack on Derry family home won't deflect me from building peace


Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said an attack on his family home will not deflect him from "building the peace".

The Sinn Fein MLA was speaking after paint bombs were thrown at his house in Londonderry.

Mr McGuinness said his grandchildren were present at the time.

The attack has been condemned by Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams.

Mr McGuinness said: “This was an attack not just on me but on my family too, including my grandchildren who were in the house at the time.

“I would like to thank my neighbours for all their help and assistance in the aftermath of the attack.

“This attack on my family follows an arson attack on the car of a Sinn Féin member in Derry last week and on Sinn Féin election billboards and posters in the city.

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“The people behind these attacks have nothing to offer the community and they are intent on dragging society back to the past.

“Neither I or the people I represent will allow them to do that.

“I will not be deflected from my work as a Sinn Féin representative and as Deputy First Minister of building a peaceful and prosperous future for all our people and creating a society built upon equality and inclusion.”

Mr Adams said: “This is not the first attack on Martin and on his family. As a champion of the peace process Martin has been a frequent target of attack of those who are opposed to it and who want to turn the clock back to the violence of the past.

"Those responsible have nothing to offer the people of Ireland. 

"They have no strategies or political programmes.

"They must be resisted and rejected. Neither Martin or Sinn Féin will be intimidated by these groups.”

Police received a report that a number of paint bombs had been thrown at a property overnight.

Inspector Colin Hamilton said: “Damage was caused to the front of the house and a parked car.

"Police enquiries are ongoing and I would ask anyone with information regarding this attack to contact police at Strand Road on 101.”

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