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Dallat slams ‘sectarian’ vandalism

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Dallat slams ‘sectarian’ vandalism thumbnailThe ‘sectarian’ vandalism at Lisnakelly Roundabout - outside Limavady. Inset: SDLP MLA John Dallat

SDLP MLA John Dallat, has expressed his disappointment after Lisnakelly, roundabout outside Limavady was vandalised and painted in what he calls "sectarian colours."
The roundabout on the main road which bypasses the town, has been vandalized for the second year in a row with the arrows on the roundabout being changed from black to red and blue.
The MLA for East Londonderry said that this act was a monument in "sectarianism and division" and warned about the "considerable" costs that could arise from restoring the roundabout.
He said: "The Lisnakelly Roundabout on the Limavady bypass is of sizeable dimensions and it is difficult to see how so much painting could be carried out without someone spotting the culprits and notifying the PSNI.
“This roundabout was painted in sectarian colours last year and remained a testimony to division until very late in the year when it was restored to its original black and white at considerable cost.
“This important piece of road management infrastructure must not become a seasonal monument to sectarianism and division in an area where the people have done so much to build bridges to create a new future presenting Limavady in a positive image as a place which is determined to create a neutral environment free from bigotry and sectarianism.
“This roundabout is the gateway to the Causeway Coast which is so important to the tourist industry.
“Those involved in this wasteful practice clearly have invested nothing in our tourist industry, don't work in it and have no real vision for a future where people must work together for the common good of everyone rather than marking out territory in any kind of sectarian colours irrespective of what colours they are that denotes division or conflict."
He continued: "I have again written to the Roads Division and understand they could do without the extra work involved in restoring this roundabout at a time when they are finding it difficult to fill the potholes."

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