Sinn Féin Councillor for Laganbank in South Belfast, Deirdre Hargey, has stated that action must be taken by Belfast City Council following the UDA show of strength that took place in the Sandy Row community centre, a council owned building, at the weekend.
Speaking today Cllr Hargey said: “The UDA show of strength at the weekend in the Sandy Row community center was totally unacceptable. This is a council facility that was rented out to the Sandy Row Ulster First flute band when this incident occurred.
“As a council facility it is open to all sections of the community for numerous events and actions such as this will only keep people away.
“I have raised this with council officials who have instigated a full investigation into the events of the night.
“Twenty years after the first ceasefires we must be asking ourselves why the UDA are still in existence, carrying out such events and where is the money going too?
“I would expect that unionist Councillors who represent this area stand with me become vocal on this issue to.”