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Attacks on West Belfast visitors

30 December, 2007

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Paul Maskey has said that those behind the attacks on two visitors to West Belfast last night should be ashamed of their actions because the area gives a huge welcome to the many thousands of visitors to the area every year.

Mr Maskey said:

"Every year thousands and thousands of people flock to West Belfast because of its proud history, its unique culture and its warm welcome. The actions of a few people will not undermine that huge welcome.

"The mindless thugs who carried out this attack should be ashamed of their actions. But we have to acknowledge that it is part of a broader problem that we need to face up to and tackle.

"In the time ahead we need more resources to tackle anti-social behaviour and empower local people and communities and we also need to build on the undoubted potential of tourism and particularly political tourism in places such as West Belfast." ENDS

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