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Sectarianism 'must be eradicated'

Michael McIlveen died after being attacked in Ballymena
Michael McIlveen died after being attacked in Ballymena

More needs to be done to eradicate sectarianism, the uncle of a schoolboy killed in Ballymena has said.

Francis McIlveen's nephew Michael, 15, a Catholic, was murdered in a sectarian attack in the town two months ago.

Mr McIlveen said young people needed to be made aware of what it was really like growing up during the Troubles.

Mr McIlveen said he and ex-loyalist prisoner Marty Adams had discussed the possibility of giving school lectures on the dangers of sectarianism.

He said they planned to go to schools and "talk to the young ones and give them an idea of what it was like in prison".

"You know, the way their families had felt through the Troubles. Just to let young boys know exactly what goes on."

Mr Adams said it was important to teach children to respect other traditions.

"The most important thing is getting something for the youth to do and getting into the hearts and minds of the fathers and also the children," he said.

The attack on Michael McIlveen led to widespread shock and cross-community condemnation both in the County Antrim town and across Northern Ireland.

The teenager died one day after being attacked by a gang.

Six teenagers have been charged in connection with his death.

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