Published Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Police are treating the graffiti as a hate crime. (© Mark Winter)
Graffiti was daubed on St Patrick's Church on the Killyman Road area of Dungannon overnight on Tuesday.
The incident has sparked outrage.
Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Bronwyn McGahan said: "All places of worship, regardless of the denomination, should be treated with respect.
"I'm sure the entire local community will condemn this attack and I hope that it won't impact on the positive community relations in the area," said the Sinn Féin representative.
SDLP Councillor Denise Mullen described the attack as "sickening".
"This is a disgusting and appalling act of vandalism and whoever is responsible for this should be ashamed.
"To carry out a thuggish act like this on a place of worship is cowardly and, really, it is an attack on the community.
"Whoever is responsible for this vandalism does not represent the good people of Dungannon, and I would urge anyone with information about the incident to contact police."
Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott said those behind the attack were intent on whipping up tensions.
He said: "Such attacks on churches and halls are hate crimes and have no place in our society.
"As a local representative I know that the vast majority of the local community in Dungannon and the wider south Tyrone area want nothing to do with such activities and simply wish to live in peace and harmony with all of their neighbours.
"The people responsible for this attack are seeking to whip up sectarian tensions and exploit divisions within society. They have nothing positive to offer anyone. They will not create a single job, improve a single hospital waiting list or create a single school place.
"They must be rejected by all sections of society as we seek to build a shared future which ensures that everyone's rights, heritage and culture are respected."
Police are treating the incident as a hate crime and have appealed for information.
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