SDLP councillor not phased by hateful graffiti

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A local councillor has is not being put off by derogatory graffiti daubed on a shed in the area where he lives.

Declan McAlinden said he has been buoyed by the response he’s got since someone wrote ‘SDLP SCUM’ at the Derrytrasna crossroads.

The councillor said: “It’s meant for me because this is where I live. I’m disappointed to see someone defacing private property in Derrytrasna with derogatory remarks about myself and the party I stand for. As an SDLP councillor I have fought hard to improve the lives and environment of all in my community, regardless of political or religious belief, and I see this as an attack on the community that voted for me.

“This will not deter me from continuing to fight to improve the lives and services for the rural community and this attack only makes me more determined to stand up against these cowards who offer absolutely nothing to our community.”

Since the graffiti, Declan said he has been overwhelmed with messages of support.

Deputy Mayor, Sinn Fein’s Catherine Seeley, commented: “It is appalling that anyone would see fit to attack any citizen in this way. Declan serves this borough in the most credible manner and neither he nor his family deserve to be laboured with this, particularly in the mouth of Christmas.

“I have offered my personal support to Councillor McAlinden and have contacted council to ensure the graffiti is immediately removed.”