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Sinn Féin Representatives attend multi-agency meeting in Belfast on issues facing Romanian community

17 June, 2009

Sinn Féin MLA Paul Maskey and Balmoral Representative Vincent Parker this afternoon attended a multi-agency meeting to discuss short term and long term solutions to the current crisis facing the Romanian community in Belfast.

Head of the party’s Equality and Human Rights Department, Vincent Parker put forward proposals to provide short term welfare assistance to those families subjected to racist intimidation.

Speaking after the meeting, which was held in the Chinese Welfare Association’s Office, Mr. Parker said,

“After spending time in the City Church with the Romanian families last night, as well as accompanying the deputy First Minister on a visit to the O-Zone leisure centre this morning, I was pleased at the response from all the agencies at today’s meeting in responding to the very immediate crisis facing the Romanian community in the city.

Race-hate crime in south Belfast has increased in the past six months and worryingly the clearance rate for the PSNI is currently sitting at only 9.9%.

This is obviously unacceptable and more must be done to ensure ethnic minority communities feel safer in our city.

Those responsible for these attacks and the intimidation of any minority group must be brought before the courts and I call on anyone with information regarding these attacks to bring it forward to the PSNI immediately.” CRÍOCH

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