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Sinn Féin Call For Closure Of Andersonstown Barracks

20 May, 2004

West Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Bairbre de Brún has demanded that the Policing Board close the Andersonstown PSNI base at their meeting today and that the ground vacated is used for community regeneration.

Ms de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin have been campaigning for decades for the closure of the Andersonstown base. It is a blight on the local community and offers no public service for the people of West Belfast. Indeed it is little more than a heavily fortified spy post in the heart of a residential area.

"I am demanding that the Policing Board end the stalling and close this base. The ground vacated should then be used for regeneration purposes in consultation with the local community. Already there is a proposal on the table for a tourist hostel to be built on the site.

"In recent years there have been a number of false dawns with SDLP representatives announcing the closure of the base only for it to remain in place. Sinn Féin will continue campaigning until this blight on the community of West Belfast is removed." ENDS

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