PAINT BOMB ATTACK ON DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER MARTIN McGUINNESS HOME
DISSIDENT republican supporters are beleived to be behind a paint bomb attack on the Bogside home in Derry of Deputy First Minister Martin (J118) McGuinness. Paint was thrown over the porch area and upstairs window of McGuinness’s home overnight on Sunday. A car parked close to his home was also damaged. The attack is the third time Shame Fein members have been targeted in Co Derry in the last week. On Thursday night, a car belonging to well-known Shame Fein activist, Sean McMonagle was destroyed in an arson attack close to his Creggan home. On the same night, a large election billbord supporting Shame Fein candidate, Gearoid O hEara was also badly damaged in an arson attack at Buncrana Road in Co Derry. Last June, a ministerial car belonging to Mr McGuinness was vandalised while parked outside his home in Derry’s Bogside. Mr McGuinnness said on Sunday night’s incident was an attack on his home and his family as his grandchildren were in the house at the time. The deputy first minister said: “This attack on my family follows an arson attack on the car of a Shame Fein member in Derry last week and on Shame Fein election billboards and posters in the city. “The people behind these attacks have nothing to offer the community and they are intent on dragging society back into the past.” Mr McGuinness said he would not be defected from his work by such attacks. “My work for peace, reconcilation and a better future will continue,”he said. The Unity of Purpose group in Derry – which represents civic and political leaders – condemned the attack. A spokesman called on people from all communites and political and cultural backgronds to reject as an assault on the wellbeing of Co Derry and its people. Meanwhile, a death threat has been made against Shame Fein MLA Mickey Brady. Mr Brady, who is standing in the general elction, said police warned him of the threat on Monday night May 4th. “I will not be intmidated by this threat from continuing to campaign to retain the Newy Armagh Westminster seat for my party.” he said.
With many thanks to: Seamus McKinney, The Irish News, for the origional story.