Sectarianism has no place in our society - Ó Muilleoir
Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has called on authorities to stand up to sectarianism.
The South Belfast MLA was speaking after Catholic families living in Cantrell Close off Ravenhill Road presented themselves to the Housing Executive as homeless after being ordered to get out of their homes under sectarian threat from East Belfast UVF.
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:
“This blatant sectarianism has no place in our society and should be condemned outright.
“This is meant to be a shared neighbourhood and it is completely unacceptable that people are being intimidated by the UVF in this day and age.
“Some residents raised concerns with me earlier in the year when UVF and other flags went up around the development. They felt that this would heighten tensions in the area and Catholics in the area were fearful before the summer.
“People in the area are also very worried that the UVF were able to go about their activity in this manner.
“We need voices from within unionism to speak out and show leadership. We also need the authorities to take a stand against sectarianism in order to tackle this issue adequately.
“Just yesterday the PSNI announced a new taskforce to deal with paramilitary activity, we need to see action on this and a criminal investigation needs to be opened to bring these people to book.”