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Orange Hall near Lisburn daubed with ‘IRA’ graffiti

Republican graffiti, including IRA slogans, were daubed on Castlerobin Orange Hall

Republican graffiti, including IRA slogans, were daubed on Castlerobin Orange Hall

IRA graffiti has been daubed on an Orange hall outside Lisburn.

Republican graffiti, including ‘IRA’ slogans, were daubed on Castlerobin Orange hall.

The hall was destroyed three times during the Troubles in separate arson attacks.

The Orange Order said today that it is the seventh reported attack on Orange property so far this year and follows a similar incident in nearby Glenavy two months ago.

Grand Secretary Drew Nelson said: “This is another sickening hate crime which bears all the hallmarks of a deliberate sectarian attack.

“Such criminality is typical of the constant onslaught by republicans on our Institution, focused not only on Orange property, but also our cultural expression, notably targeting our traditional parades.

This is clearly an attempt to heighten tensions ahead of the Twelfth of July in the warped mindset of those responsible – they must not be allowed to succeed.”

The senior Orangeman called for anyone with information in relation to the sinister incident to contact police immediately.

The Institution recently said there were a total of 24 separate attacks on Orange halls and property in 2013, resulting in only one conviction.

Earlier this week, Inver Orange hall in Co Fermanagh was re-opened three years after being destroyed by arsonists.

The PSNI said the attack had not yet been reported to them.

 

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