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Sinn Féin calls for closure of Andersonstown Barracks

7 April, 2004


Commenting on reports that Andersonstown Barracks may close, Sinn Féin Assembly member for the area Michael Ferguson said that 'the Military Base is a blight on this area and provides no service for the local community. Its function is to spy on and intimidate the local population'.

However Mr Ferguson also urged caution as the SDLPs Alex Attwood has already announced this closure on a number of previous occasions with nothing happening.

Mr Ferguson said:

"The fact is that Andersonstown Military Base is a blight on this area and provides no service for the local community. Its function is to spy on and intimidate the local population.

"The vast majority of people in West Belfast are demanding that this eyesore is removed from our community and the land used for regeneration purposes. Sinn Féin have been campaigning for this closure for decades. In recent times others including the SDLP have moved to support this position.

"It is my belief that the failure to close this base permanently before now is yet further evidence of the British government reneging on its commitments to demilitarise its war machine in our country." ENDS

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