Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has slammed those responsible for painting racist hate graffiti in the West Strand car park in Portrush.
And she said that political and community leaders need to make it clear with one voice there is no place for racism in our society as Portrush prepares to hold Golf’s Open title with tens of thousands of visitors due to descend on the region this summer.
Caoimhe Archibald said:
“I condemn unreservedly those responsible for painting racist graffiti in the West Strand car park.
“This is outrageous, racism has no place in our society. I have contacted the council to have this display of racist hatred removed and I call on anyone with information on those responsible to bring it forward to the police.
“This is not the first incident of racist displays in the town.
“It is wrong, it is unacceptable and it needs to stop.
“I will be raising the issue with the PSNI in a meeting later this week.
“But there is also an onus on local political and community leaders in Portrush to stand together and speak with one voice in opposition to those attempting to stoke up racial hatred and tensions.
“Portrush is preparing to showcase the town and the north coast to thousands of people who will come here to enjoy the Open Golf Tournament and the festivities which surround it.
“This is a huge opportunity for businesses in the town, for tourism and to highlight all that is great about this region.
“We have to ensure a small minority of racists get the message loud and clear their displays of hatred are unacceptable to the people of this area and wider society.”