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Sinn Féin delegation meet with Mater Hospital CEO over loyalist attacks

14 July, 2004

Sinn Fein MLA for North Belfast Kathy Stanton and Councillor Carál ni Chuilín have meet today with the Chief Executive Officer of the Mater Hospital. The purpose of the meeting was to both raise, and attempt to address, concerns over a number of incidents surrounding the hospital including the attacks following the Tour of the North.

Speaking after the meeting Ms Stanton said:

"The meeting was productive with the Chief Executive of the Mater, Sean Donaghy. The main issue that was explored was the concerns raised surrounding the attack on the Hospital and its staff following the Orange Orders Tour of the North parade.

"However other issues included the safety of staff, especially those from ethnic minorities both within the hospital and on the way to and from work. Ideas were explored including the need for extra measures such as increased security to be in place at times of contentious marches

"We did acknowledge that due to the nature of hospitals in general that it is hard to stop people coming in and out. However we made our position clear that the safety of the staff the patients and visitors must be of paramount importance and this should be the factor that drives any process forward.

"We informed Mr Donaghy that Sinn Fein along with the local community, remain committed to doing all that we can to aid in these matters and that our support would be readily available." ENDS

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