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Ó Donnghaile thankful of quiet night and hopes it will continue

6 November, 2008


Sinn Fein's East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has praised all those involved in making sure that last night was a peaceful one for residents living in the Short Strand and Lower Newtonards Road.

Speaking this morning Mr Ó Donnghaile said,

"Monday and Tuesday night saw an increase in the scale of attacks on the Short Strand and potentially could have set the great work undertaken by community and political groups back a great deal. This was not helped by inaccurate and ill-conceived statements from some political representatives who frankly, should know better.

"Thankfully last night passed peacefully, I and residents on the ground are truly grateful for that fact. Last night didn't happen by accident however, it was down to all of us working together to ensure the best quality of life for all of our people. No one wants to see a return to the darker days witnessed by these same communities and the onus is on all of us to show the necessary amount of political leadership in order to send out a very clear message that this type of activity on the interfaces will not be tolerated.

"This can only be done by building on the good work that has already begun and collectively working together to make sure that our communities can thrive and live in peace without fear of attack."

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