‘Hammers’ brought by far-left to attack National Party meeting 

Some of a group of far-left militants who used violent force in an attempt to disrupt a political party’s Ard Fheis were armed with hammers, a source has told Gript. 

The National Party was holding its Ard Fheis in the Lough Erne Hotel in Fermanagh on Sunday when a mini-bus of extreme-left protesters arrived.

A photo shows the attackers wearing masks and hoods at the hotel.

According to reports, the assailants used a fire extinguisher to smash glass at the conference room, which led to injuries.

One young man was hit on the head with a hammer by the protestors, and was brought to hospital. Another suffered deep cuts to his hand and may have to undergo surgery.  In total, six people were injured in the attack.

However, some of those attending the Ard Fheis managed to corral a group of the attackers until the PSNI arrived, the source said. The PSNI have confirmed that they attended the Lough Erne Hotel in response to an incident and said that a man aged 34 had been arrested.

“It was reported that a conference, which was being held in the area, had been disrupted by protestors and an altercation broke out,” the PSNI said

“Officers attended and calm was restored a short time later. Two people were treated at the scene for their injuries with a further four taken to hospital with injuries which are not believed to be life threatening at this time.

“One man, aged 34, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He remains in police custody at this time.

“Our enquiries are ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to this incident to contact police on 101, quoting reference 899 13/11/22.”

The attack was condemned on social media as an “attack on democracy”.

“Regarding the apparent attack on the National Party ard fheis today, confirmed information remains scarce. However, if it is as serious as it looks, then state authorities both north and south must act. Hate speech is not the danger facing Irish democracy. The far-left are,” journalist Peter Caddle wrote.

 

The National Party described the incident as a “criminal attack” and tweeted: “The far-left in Ireland feel entitled to bludgeon people with hammers in broad daylight. Why? Because the NGO sector and media establishment give it moral sanction. The same people demand “hate speech” legislation to create a two-tier justice system where they are on top.”

 

“The attack at the National Party conference today at Lough Erne resort by violent leftist thugs should be condemned across the board. In 2022 an Irish political party controversial as it may be to some being shut down by physical attacks, shameful that’s tactics from another era,” wrote one commentator.

 

In a post on social media, the Lough Erne Resort apologised for the inconvenience caused to guests and thanked the emergency services.

“Please be advised that this was an isolated incident and it is business as usual at the resort with guest check-ins taking place as normal,” they added.

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