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Threats to Ardoyne building workers 'despicable' - McClenaghan

7 August, 2009

Sinn Féin Councillor Margaret McClenaghan has hit out at a gang claiming to be from the Continuity IRA who ordered workmen off a building site in Ardoyne this afternoon.

“Men claiming to be from the Continuity IRA approached workmen on a building site in Jamaica St today and ordered scaffolders to leave the site and warned them not to return,” she said.

“The intimidation of these workers who are building much-needed social housing in an area with a huge housing waiting list is particularly despicable.

“The threats have already caused great distress to the workers targeted and they can only delay the building of new homes.

“This is the latest in a long line of threats coming from people claiming to represent this group this year, a list which has included local community workers.

“What makes this incident even more reprehensible is that Ardoyne is already tense due to an Orange Parade on the Crumlin Road tomorrow.

“The people behind these threats have absolutely nothing to offer this community and I call on them to cease their criminal activities immediately.” ENDS

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