Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed the judgment by Justice Treacy that the PSNI had “facilitated illegal and sometimes violent” loyalist parades past the Short Strand.
Justice Treacy upheld the claims of a Short Strand resident that the PSNI had failed to uphold Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights rights during four months of ‘flag’ protests.
Niall Ó Donnghaile said,
"December 2012 saw the start of four months of intimidation of the Short Strand community by loyalist extremists holding weekly illegal parades past the area.
“Many of these resulted in violence and attacks on Short Strand residents and their homes.
“Today Justice Treacy has ruled that the PSNI had failed to uphold the rights of Short Strand residents and indeed had ‘facilitated illegal and sometimes violent parades’.
“This is a damning indictment of the PSNI’s policing operation at the time, something which Sinn Féin and community representatives had repeatedly and consistently raised with senior police.
“I applaud the resident who took this case and whose concerns reflected the view of the wider Short Strand community at the time."