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Martin McGuinness's home paintbombed

McGuinness raps those behind weekend paint blitz at his home

By Donna Deeney

Martin McGuinness has hit out at a paint bombing of his home as an attack on his whole family.

The incident was the third time members of Sinn Fein were targeted over the weekend.

The Deputy First Minister was at home with family including his grandchildren when paint bombs were thrown, splattering white paint on several walls, windows, pavings and on a car parked in the driveway of his Westland Terrace home.

On Friday the car of Sinn Fein member and community worker Sean McMonagle was set alight, as were election posters for the party's Westminster candidate Gearóid Ó hEára.

Mr McGuinness said he will still canvass in Fermanagh/South Tyrone today for party candidate Michelle Gildernew.

He accused those responsible of "dragging society back to the past" and vowed not to be deflected from his efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous future.

Dissident republicans are suspected of being behind the attacks.

Mr McGuinness added: "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 Fein member in Derry last week and on Sinn Fein election billboards in the city.

"I will not be deflected from my work as a Sinn Fein 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."

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