Belfast Telegraph

Orange Order hall and GAA club vandalised

An Orange Order hall and a GAA club have been vandalised in separate incidents.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said a number of tyres were set on fire at the rear of the Altnaveigh Hall on Martins Lane near Newry, Co Down, on Saturday evening.

In a second unrelated incident, St Macartan's GAA club in Trillick, Co Tyrone, was broken into and a defibrillator destroyed.

Police are investigating both incidents.

Damage was caused to the eves of the Orange Order property and there was smoke damage inside.

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said the attack on Altnaveigh Hall was the third arson incident on property linked to the organisation this year.

A spokesman said: "This is a truly sickening incident and one which clearly had a clear sectarian motive. The moronic hate-filled individuals responsible are a blight on the local community and ought to be ashamed of their actions.

"Such naked bigotry should not be acceptable - yet, the continuous cycle of attacks on Orange property is reflective of the unending demonisation of the Institution, still very much prevalent in today's society. This is intolerable and must not be allowed to continue."

In the incident at the GAA club in Trillick, a window was broken and the lifesaving equipment vandalised.

Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff said it was a despicable act.

"Defibrillators literally provide a life-saving service to the local community and this disgraceful vandalism has taken away that service," he said.

"I would encourage anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI."


From Belfast Telegraph