Minister Flanagan meets with representatives of Newtowncunningham and Convoy Orange Halls20 November 2014
Today, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, will meet with representatives from two Donegal Orange Halls destroyed by arson attacks in recent months.
Representatives from Newtowncunningham and Convoy Orange Halls will brief Minister Flanagan on impact of the attacks that destroyed both Halls.
Speaking ahead of the meeting Minister Flanagan said:
"I was appalled by the attacks on the Newtowncunningham and Convoy Orange Halls. Such cowardly illegal actions have no place in our society and are attacks on the very fabric of the State, which is committed to respecting all the diverse traditions and identities of our citizens.
“Despite the unfortunate circumstances, I am pleased to have the opportunity to meet with representatives from these Halls and hear how the loss of the Halls has affected them.”
Minister Flanagan added:
“I hope that both Halls will be rebuilt as soon as possible and that I can provide some support in this regard. I acknowledge the important role that the Halls play in communities as centres for events and social engagements.
"My colleagues Joe McHugh TD and Dinny McGinley TD are also liaising with groups in the affected areas.
“I know that arrests have been made in the case of Convoy and I would urge anyone with relevant information in relation to either case to contact the Gardaí in Letterkenny.”
20 November 2014