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Attack on Falls Residents Association members home slammed- Cllr McVeigh

13 November, 2012

Sinn Féin West Belfast Councillor Jim McVeigh has slammed those responsible for the attack on a member of the Falls Residents' Association following him speaking out against anti-social elements in the lower Falls area and has commended the Residents Association for their determination to continue their work.

Speaking today Cllr McVeigh said:

“The attack on Robert McClenaghan's house, a member of the Falls Residents' Association, by anti-social elements is to be condemned outright.

“I must commend Robert and the Falls Residents Association for the hard work they are carrying out trying to make this community a better place for everyone and for not being deflected from this work.

“The new PSNI operation is a positive start to addressing the serious levels of anti-social behaviour in this area. It will hopefully prove fruitious but it is not a stand alone answer.

“What we need to see is the other relevant agencies step up to the mark. The DSD need to invest in a local environmental improvement scheme, Belfast City Council should move the St. Comgall's project forward and we need to see enhanced training opportunities for youth in our area.

“However most importantly there is an onus of Youth Justice agency, Social Services and the Probation Service to deal with the issue of repeat offenders  and the core element of those involved in continuous  anti social behaviour."

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