McGuinness blames dissident republicans for overnight attacks

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Martin McGuinness has blamed the attacks on cars belonging to two local Sinn Fein councillors on dissident republicans.

Along with Sinn Fein MLAs, MEPs, councillors and activists, Mr. McGuinness accompanied Colrs. Sandra Duffy and Colly Kelly on a show of strength walk from Pilot’s Row to Guildhall Square where he addressed the media.

“The attacks on the homes and cars of Sinn Féin elected representatives in Derry are the latest in a spate of attacks on republicans.

“The burning of the cars of Colrs. Sandra Duffy and Colly Kelly outside their homes was despicable and I condemned it unreservedly.

“It follows a similar attack on Sinn Féin activist Sean McMonagle’s car and an attack on my own home in recent days,” said Mr. McGuinness.

Mr. McGuinness added: “What happened last night was not only an attempt to intimidate elected representatives, but an attack on their families - including Colr. Kelly’s young children and heavily pregnant partner.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness addressing the media at a Press conference on Wednessday morning at Guildhall Square. DER1815MC040

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness addressing the media at a Press conference on Wednessday morning at Guildhall Square. DER1815MC040

“It was also an attack on the wider democratic process coming just a day before the Westminster election, carried out by so-called dissident republican elements.

“It shows the contempt of those behind these attacks for the will of the people.

“I am calling on all the community to defend the progress and gains of the peace process and to reject those intent on dragging us back to the past.”

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured with Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson, The Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, Martina Anderson, MEP, local MLAs and councillors at Guildhall Square on Wednesday morning. DER1815MC039

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured with Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson, The Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, Martina Anderson, MEP, local MLAs and councillors at Guildhall Square on Wednesday morning. DER1815MC039