Newtowncunningham Orange Hall fire was arson

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The Orange Order say they have been told by gardai that a fire which badly damaged the orange hall in Newtowncunningham was started maliciously.

The blaze was first reported at 8 o'clock yesterday morning, and was fought by several units of the fire brigade.

Treasurer of Newtowncunningham True Blues Loyal Orange Lodge 1063, Stewart McClean, says local Orangemen are “absolutely devastated” by what has happened.

Speaking on today's Shaun Doherty Show, he said as well as extensive damage to the building, the fire has also destroyed important lodge memorabilia and possessions............

Meanwhile,

A fire which destroyed an Orange hall in Co Donegal at the weekend was malicious, it has been confirmed by Gardai.

Donegal North East Deputy, Padraig MacLochlainn says the attack was sectarian and outrageous.

And he says this was an attack on all sides of the community: