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Sinn Féin calls for movement on courthouse development

9 February, 2004

Sinn Fein MLA for north Belfast, Gerry Kelly, has called today for movement on the Crumlin Road courthouse. This follows last nights fire at the court, which caused some damage to the grade one listed building.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"Last nights fire at Crumlin Road courthouse highlights the pressing need for movement on the development of this historical site. Recently the Crumlin Road gaol has seen the appointment of a project manager who will oversee and sustain momentum for the development of the gaol and surrounding buildings.

"Such as move is to be welcomed, but in order to ensure comprehensive development of the entire area similar moves need to be made in relation to the courthouse, with any development programmes being undertaken in tandem, connecting the two sites.

"In the meantime we need to see security enhanced at both the courthouse and the gaol in order to preserve one of Belfast's most important historical and architectural sites. The overall site should developed as a resource for all the community, and as such should be preserved in this respect." ENDS

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