Work together to end hate crime - Gerry Kelly MLA
Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly, today urged politicians and community leaders in North Belfast to work together to end hate crime in the area after sectarian graffiti was daubed on the walls of St Patrick's College, just yards from the spot where local schoolboy Thomas Devlin was stabbed to death. Speaking earlier Mr Kelly said:
"The daubing of sectarian slogans on the walls of the school is a poignant reminder of the murder of 15-year-old Thomas Devlin on the Somerton Road in August 2005. "I condemn this latest attack on the College and in my opinion it is no coincidence that it has come so soon after two men were sent for trial for Thomas' murder. "St Patrick's College has been a centre of educational excellence for many years now and the school and its staff have been to fore in pioneering cross-community work. "The College should be allowed to get on with the task of continuing to provide a first class education to its pupils free from intimidation and threats. "Therefore I am urging all politicians and community leaders in North Belfast to work together to end hate crimes such as these and allow our schools to get on with their invaluable work with our children."