Councillor slams ‘malicious’ leaflets

A LONG-standing member of Magherafelt District Council has slammed those who left “malicious and untrue” leaflets on car windscreens parked outside a Draperstown church at the weekend.

And Independent Republican Party representative Patsy Groogan appealed for anyone with information regarding the incident to contact him.

Parishioners’ attending evening Mass discovered the leaflets when they came out of Holy Rosary Church in the town centre on Saturday.

It is understood the leaflets made allegations relating to clearing debt before standing for the forthcoming council election.

In a statement this week, Mr Groogan described the contents of the leaflets as malicious and untrue.

“On behalf of my wife and family I wish to deny any part in the writing or distribution of leaflets on the cars of those attending Mass at Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen on Saturday, January 8.”

Mr Groogan, who has represented Ballinascreen for almost 20 years, is closely involved in his local GAA and quit Sinn Fein in 2006 to sit as an Independent Republican.

“Anyone who has information regarding this incident I would appreciate it if they would contact me personally,” he said.