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Assembly condemns McDaid murder

Forensic team at the scene
Mr McDaid was attacked close to his home by a loyalist mob

MLAs have condemned the murder of Kevin McDaid in Coleraine and sent their best wishes to his family.

Responses to the murder dominated the start of proceedings at Stormont on Monday.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly described it as a terrible and brutal killing and said a unified voice should go out that there is no excuse for sectarianism.

The DUP's Gregory Campbell said the murder must be condemned by all, the perpetrators should be brought to justice and everyone should support the police.

The Ulster Unionist David McClarty called it a tragic violent death which should never have occurred and called on anyone with the smallest snippet of information to pass it on to the PSNI.

Lawless

He denied there was widespread sectarianism in the area and called on people to isolate the perpetrators of what he called a heinous crime.

The SDLP's John Dallat said the McDaid family's loss was a loss to all the people of Northern Ireland who yearned for a new dawn.

He added that he hoped that the murder would not be in vain but would light a new beacon for those who want to be free from the lynching mobs and the lawless organisations of the past.

The Alliance leader David Ford joined the condemnation calling for people to help the police gather the information necessary to put those responsible behind bars.

The PUP leader Dawn Purvis offered her condolences to the McDaid family and encouraged anyone with information to help the police bring those involved to justice.

She described sectarianism as a deadly virus which affects the whole community.



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