Short Strand residents to meet Oireachtas committee
Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, has welcomed to Leinster House, a delegation of residents of the Short Strand area of Belfast, which has been the target of loyalist attacks for the last seven weeks. The delegation will address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
Speaking before the meeting, Niall Ó Donnghaile, Sinn Féin councillor for the area said: “Today’s meeting will provide the community representatives with an opportunity to address the committee and to meet other Oireachtas members, to tell them about the reality of life for the residents of the Short Strand living under siege.”
Gerry Adams TD, repeated his call for “an all-party, cross community response to the flags protests and the violence which has accompanied them.”
He added: “After the Massereene attack in 2009, in which two British soldiers were killed and also when two members of the PSNI were killed, Martin McGuinness stood shoulder to shoulder with First Minister Peter Robinson and brought together all political, church and civic leaders to seek a way forward. This was to ensure that the tiny minority of voices who want to undermine progress already made, do not succeed.
“That approach is needed again,” he said.
Also in the delegation were Bernie McConnell (Short Strand Community Forum), Hugh McComb (CRJ Ireland and interface resident) and Mairead O'Donnell (Short Strand Partnership Board).