Tús maith leath na hoibre!! -O' Donnghaile
Sinn Féin's East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has stated he believes future developments created within Belfast should be inclusive from the outset and should show respect to the heritage of the areas in which they are to be built.
Mr Ó Donnghaile said,
"In Belfast city centre for example we see the creation of 'Victoria Square', of course for many people right across Ireland Victoria has become infamous as the 'Famine Queen'. The naming of this development bears no relevance to its location, history or indeed for many people in the City of Belfast.
"In East Belfast over the coming years we will see developments such as Sirocco Quays and indeed Titanic Quarter emerge; Sirocco in particular should bear in mind the history and location of the site, it is situated on 'An Trá Ghearr' the Short Strand, within the area of 'Baile Mhic Airt', Ballymaccarrett."
"The inclusion of the Irish Language is widely recognised as being of benefit to businesses throughout the city and given that the overwhelming majority of Street names within the Short Strand area, which is located immediately beside the development, are already bi-lingual, a precedent has indeed been set."
"I have written to Chris Carvill, the Managing Director of the Carvill Group, the owners of the site, asking him to bear this in mind.
To help facilitate this process I will also be sending a copy of 'Name your Place', a book compiled by 'Club na Sionna Conradh na Gaeilge' and published by 'Foras na Gaeilge', specifically designed to assist those developing projects, to stay true to the heritage and place names of Ireland.
I look forward to working with the developers on this matter to create a reflective and indeed accurate aspect to their project".
Tús maith leath na hoibre!!