08/12/2003

SF councillor blames loyalists for attack on home

A Sinn Féin councillor has blamed loyalists for an attack on his home in west Belfast on Friday.

Paul Butler said the attack on his Lenadoon home at around 11pm on Friday night was an attempt by loyalist paramilitaries to murder both himself and his family.

Mr Butler's wife and two children were in the living room of their home when their window was hit by ball bearings fired at the front of their house. The Sinn Féin councillor was out at the time.

“This is the second attack on my home in recent months. The last time an incendiary device was thrown at the front of the house," Mr Butler said.

"The UDA have been involved in a long running campaign against myself and my colleagues who sit on Lisburn Council. They will not however succeed in intimidating Sinn Féin from representing our growing constituency in Lagan Valley and they will not succeed in deterring us from highlighting their ongoing activities.”

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