Published Friday, 04 July 2014
Graffiti on the Orange Hall outside Lisburn. (© UTV)
Slogans were painted on Castlerobin Orange Hall, located outside Lisburn, according to the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
The Order claims this is the seventh reported attack on its property so far this year.
Grand Secretary Drew Nelson said: "This is another sickening hate crime which bears all the hallmarks of a deliberate sectarian attack.
"Such criminality is typical of the constant onslaught by republicans on our Institution, focused not only on Orange property, but also our cultural expression, notably targeting our traditional parades.
"This is clearly an attempt to heighten tensions ahead of the Twelfth of July in the warped mind-set of those responsible - they must not be allowed to succeed."
The senior Orangeman called for anyone with information on the attack to contact police.
Condemning the culprits, DUP Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan said: "We have witnessed countless such attacks on Orange Halls over the years representing an attack not just on the building but also on those who use it.
"Those who have been so vociferous in their opposition to the Orange Institution, its members and its parades cannot feign surprise when Orange Halls are then subjected to sectarian hatred."
A spokesperson confirmed that police had inspected sectarian graffiti on the building on Friday afternoon and are investigating.
They added: "Police are treating this as a sectarian hate crime and would appeal to anyone with any information to contact them in Lisburn on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
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