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Orange Hall in Donegal completely destroyed by arson attack

The fire took place in Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal on Sunday morning.

GARDAÍ ARE NOW treating a fire that happened over the weekend at an Orange Hall in Donegal as a criminal act.

The incident, which took place in Newtowncunningham, happened early on Sunday morning. The incident was reported to gardaí on Sunday morning at 8.20am.

The blaze was attended by firefighters from Letterkenny and Derry.

After the completion of the forensic examination gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to the crime and the investigation is ongoing.

The building has been completely destroyed by the fire.

The attack has been condemned by Sinn Féin TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn as “an attack on the entire community”.

Those responsible for this attack represent nobody but themselves. Anybody with any information relating to this incident should bring it immediately to An Garda Síochana. I sincerely hope that those responsible will be brought to justice.

“I also want to convey the solidarity of the entire community in Donegal with the minority Protestant community at this time. I have no doubt that that community will unite together and rebuild the hall.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan also commented on the incident:

Read: Unionists demand removal of Sinn Féin posters from bonfires

Also: Man arrested on suspicion of petrol bomb attack on a house where children were inside

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