The people behind a graffiti attack on an Orange hall in Co Antrim, in which the letters IRA were daubed over the walls and front door, have been condemned as “faceless cowards”.
The attack on Crumlin Memorial Orange Hall is believed to have happened early on Thursday morning.
Police said they are treating the incident as a hate crime. It is the 18th reported attack on an Orange property in the past year.
Glenavy District Secretary Tommy Ross condemned those responsible.
He said: “This is a despicable hate crime which bears all the hallmarks of a deliberate sectarian attack. It is all the more abhorrent given that the local lodge held its regular monthly meeting in the hall last night (Wednesday).
“Yet, only hours later faceless cowards ... ran amok and engaged in such obscene activity. Those responsible should be ashamed of their actions, which are not reflective of the excellent neighbourly relations in Crumlin. We hope the community will unite in its condemnation of this attack.”
Sinn Fein councillor Anne Marie Logue said the town normally enjoys good relations: “The attack on Crumlin Orange Hall last night was wrong and in no way can be justified. Those behind this sectarian attack are not representative of this community nor are they ... any way republican.”