North Antrim an area of great tension

In the last six weeks or more areas of North Antrim have become serious hot-spots in Northern Ireland. Last night Rasharkin Orange Hall was attacked again with petrol bombs and left with scribbles of ‘CIRA’ and ‘Remember 81’ all over it. Sinn Fein’s Daithí McKay has been a regular contributor on the issue. I have fears that Sinn Fein are contributing to the tensions in the area. Whilst they have condemned attacks on Protestant homes they are failing to lead their people from the front. How about the word ‘respect’? Republicans are relatively new to the area, Protestants have lived there for many generations but are now however expected to roll over for them. Protestants are also being chased out of the area now.

* Right, I have decided to close this thread. The comments already posted should still be visable. I do this as requested by some readers and also the fact that I can’t monitor this thread 24/7. Some of the comments were getting a little below the belt.The media as a whole seems to focus less on the assault on Protestants and more on the general situation, especially around parades. Lets face it the Parades issue will never be resolved. Republicans will not see the parade stopped, even the Parades Commission has said that. They don’t have the power.

On Thursday evening DUP Councillor John Finlay, who I know has been working hard on this issue, attended the meeting in Rasharkin between the Residents’ and the Parades Commission. He was hounded and heckled as he spoke. Where was the respect?

Protestants in the area are facing something comparable to ethnic cleansing. No ifs no buts. If Protestants are supposedly to be welcomed into a United Ireland, as Adams recently advocated again, where is the evidence?

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