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Gregory Campbell calls for removal of sectarian graffiti near site of Greysteel massacre

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DUP MP Gregory Campbell has called for the removal of sectarian graffiti in Co Londonderry.

Writing has appeared on the A2 Clooney road between Greysteel and Eglinton.

The markings read 'Prods Out', 'FIRA', and 'GAA'.

East Londonderry MP Mr Campbell said the graffiti was "not only sinister but blatantly sectarian" and said he had requested to have it "removed by the Department for Infrastructure as quickly as possible".

"Its location is only a short distance from the Rising Sun bar in Greysteel where next month the 25th anniversary of the murder of eight people will occur," he said.

"Such graffiti is totally inappropriate at any location or time, but given the sensitivities of the location it should be removed as a matter of urgency.

The Greysteel massacre was a mass shooting which took place on October 30, 1993 in Greysteel, Co Derry in which eight people were killed and 19 were injured.

It was carried out by the UDA in retaliation for the bombing of a chip shop on Belfast's Shankill Road.

Mr Campbell went on to urge representative from Sinn Fein and the SDLP to condemn the graffiti.

It is unclear what FIRA could refer to, but could possibly be a misspelling of  'SF/IRA' or 'PIRA'.

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