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East Belfast DPP meets in Short Strand

15 June, 2009

Sinn Féin’s East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has this evening reiterated Sinn Féin’s commitment to ensuring a first class civic policing service following tonight’s meeting of the East Belfast District Policing Partnership (DPP).

Speaking this evening Mr Ó Donnghaile said;

“Tonight’s was the first DPP meeting to take place in the Short Strand, it was about ensuring that people within this community had the opportunity to engage with and hold to account the, PSNI.

Other people chose to protest and that is their right, I defend that right.

The reality is however, that the meeting, despite being disrupted for a period, went ahead and people were allowed the chance to question the local PSNI command on issues relating to policing and community safety within this part of the city.

A number of questions were submitted and asked through the medium of Irish, as well as the answers being given in Irish; the meeting itself was opened in Irish by a Gaelic speaking PSNI member.

Issues raised varied from the PSNI strategy to tackling drug dealing in the area, to how they interact with the local children who attend Gaelscoileanna, what measures will be put in place to decrease the amount of burglaries in the area, if the PSNI had any plans to minimise anti-social tension at the interfaces over the summer months and at what stage was the process of removing Mountpottinger Barracks, as well as concerns around the PSNI’s crime clearance rate within the area.

The onus is now on the PSNI to ensure that the feelings and needs of this community are listened to and acted upon in the time ahead. For our part Sinn Féin will continue in our work to ensure a first class civic policing service for all of our people.” CRÍOCH

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