SINN Féin councillors have condemned those responsible for ripping down and stealing a large number of Tricolours from Lifford Bridge in the early hours of this morning.
The councillors have also warned the thieves will fail in their attempt to disrupt preparations for the National Hunger Strike Commemoration parade taking place on between Lifford and Strabane Sunday.
Strabane councillor Michaela Boyle and Donegal councillor Gary Doherty said “In preparation for Sunday’s Hunger Strike Commemoration Tricolours were erected along Lifford Bridge last night as well as along other parts of the route the parade will follow.
“In the early hours of this morning and under the cover of darkness, a group loyalists ripped down and stole as many flags as they could before being challenged by local people who were then subjected to sectarian abuse by those involved as they made off in two cars.
“Everyone has the right to remember their dead with dignity and pride and it is sad that these loyalists should be so ‘small minded’ as to engage in such futile acts.
“These actions will only serve to strengthen the resolve of republicans to pay a fitting tribute to the memory of the Hunger Strikers this weekend.”