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Co Down councillor hits out at those responsible for sectarian attack on his home

Graffiti sprayed outside the home of Henry Reilly

INDEPENDENT unionist councillor Henry Reilly has hit out at those responsible for a sectarian attack on his home.

Graffiti stating, 'Reilly out now' was sprayed outside his Co Down home and an Irish tricolour left flying nearby.

Mr Reilly, who sits on Newry, Mourne and Down district council, discovered the graffiti on his driveway yesterday morning.

Posting the image on social media, Mr Reilly said: "In the middle of all that's going on, some idiot decorates our drive way.

"Flag's in the bin but has anyone got graffiti remover I could borrow."

Ulster Unionist councillor David Taylor criticised the "sectarian low life stirring up tensions in the local area".

"I want to offer support to my friend and unionist colleague Henry Reilly following this disgusting attack at his home," he said.

"Henry is the second unionist politician serving on Newry, Mourne and Down district council to be threatened in a matter of weeks.

"The unionist minority collectively on the council will continue to provide a strong voice for unionism in the area despite such acts of intimidation and I know this action will not deter Henry from continuing to serve all the people of the Mournes.

"We all have enough to be dealing with at the moment without having to contend with sectarian low life's stirring up tensions in the local area."

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