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Adams calls for Safer Neighbourhood Project for West Belfast

22 April, 2008

Gerry Adams Sinn Féin west Belfast MP, MLA and party colleague Councillor Fra McCann MLA this morning met again with the British Direct Rule Minister Paul Goggins to discuss Sinn Fein proposals to extend the Upper Springfield Safer Neighbourhood model for community safety across west Belfast.

These meetings are part of Sinn Féin's wider initiatives to deal with Policing and Community Safety issues following the murders of Harry Holland, John Mongan and Frank McGreevy.

Speaking afterward Mr. Adams acknowledged that some progress has been made in our discussions on Community Safety and further meetings are planned in the next two weeks.

Mr. Adams said:

"We met Paul Goggins two weeks ago and put to him a series of proposals, including the establishment of a West Belfast Safer Neighbourhood Forum, and the allocation of resources for additional staff and structures, as well as sustaining existing community safety projects and youth intervention projects.

"There is also the potential to extend this initiative into the Falls area and other areas confronted by community safety issues."

The west Belfast MP said:

"Sinn Fein's priority is to ensure that the people of west Belfast live in safe neighbourhoods with access to a proper and accountable policing service, a criminal justice system and statutory agencies that are dealing efficiently with their needs.

"Extending the Upper Springfield Safer Neighbourhoods project to West Belfast and Belfast makes sense.

"The Upper Springfield Safer Neighbourhood Forum is an effective model which has empowered the local community to work with all of the statutory bodies and criminal justice organisations in a multi-agency strategy.

"Sinn Fein has long championed the importance of coordinating the contributions of the statutory, voluntary and community organisations at local level, as well as in west Belfast, to tackling anti-community and criminal behaviour. And I am hopeful that out of our meetings with Paul Goggins and others we can ensure more progress in the next two weeks." ENDS

Note to editor:

Sinn Fein west Belfast MP Gerry Adams and Councillor Fra McCann met the British Direct Rule Minister on April 8th. This mornings meeting is a follow up to that.

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