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Ó Donnghaile condemns attacks on Short Strand homes

4 November, 2008

Sinn Féin's East Belfast representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has blasted those responsible for attacking vulnerable homes in the Strand Walk, Saint Matthews Court and Bryson Court areas of Short Strand last night.
Speaking after visiting the homes attacked Mr Ó Donnghaile said,
"Once again we see vulnerable pensioners and family homes attacked in this area. These attacks come after of almost four weeks of intermittent, so called, "recreational rioting" involving young children, some under 10 years of age, from both communities.
"However it now seems that the attacks are growing in frequency and degree, with the much more sinister fact being that the culprits responsible carried out these attacks after they broke their way into the grounds of Saint Matthews Chapel.
"I am calling very clearly on the political leaders of Unionism in East Belfast to get their act together and make it very clear to the sick minded individuals carrying out these attacks that their time has long gone; this community cannot be subjected to continued attack and ignored by these same Unionist politicians.
"The PSNI must also understand that taking over six hours to get to the homes under attacks simply is not good enough, regardless of the situation. This inevitably led to an increase in both tension and numbers of those involved.
"The people in these streets need safety and reassurance and the onus is on them to provide it in a measured and effective way.
"Any attack on vulnerable people from any community is wrong and must be condemned and the good work carried out by political and community activists in this area must not be allowed to fall due to the actions of those grown men with not better to do than attack vulnerable pensioners and families." CRÍOCH

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