Attack on Dunanney Centre is an Attack on Entire Community

Following the recent attack on the Dunanney Centre in Rathcoole, NICVA issued the following statement.

Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey: "Those responsible for the attack are not simply vandals but gangsters out to destroy a local community facility denying it's benefits to the people who need its services. This is the second recent arson attack, clearly more determined than the last one and that's what makes it so sinister. This is an attack on the entire community the centre serves and the families who go there for help and advice.

"It is difficult to understand why anyone would want to attack this independent centre housing local voluntary and community organisations. The Citizens Advice Bureau in Dunanney has been recognised as top in the UK after the last audit of their work when they scored an incredible 100%. Their work for the local community in Newtownabbey is outstanding and selfless.

"It is a strong testimony to the commitment of the staff, volunteers and community in Rathcoole that the Centre is open again so quickly and we are sure that with continued local support it will soon be back to full strength. I would urge anyone with any information about this incident to contact the police."


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