Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann said successful tourism projects like the Crumlin Road Prison must see benefit those in surrounding areas.
The West Belfast MLA was speaking after attending an event to mark the 100,000th visitor at the prison.
Jennifer McCann said:
“The area around the Crumlin Road Prison
has suffered greatly during the conflict and still deals with its legacy, on a
“Almost one fifth of all the people who died were killed in this immediate area and many thousands more were injured.
“This prison has seen tens of thousands of political prisoners pass through its front gates.
“North Belfast is an area of high social and economic deprivation and it needs to have a targeted approach to tackle the disadvantage and meet the needs of residents.
“Sectarianism and deprivation need to be challenged and dealt with if we are to move society forward.”