All of east Belfast deserves to live in peace
Commenting after a petrol bomb injured a young girl in the Short Strand this afternoon local Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile said;
"I visited the young girl who was injured today and her family and spoke with the PSNI following the incident. As we head into the summer months it is vital that everyone with influence in east Belfast, whether political leaders, church leaders, community and youth workers or the PSNI themselves, play a positive role in defusing tensions.
“It is past time that communities across this part of east Belfast were allowed to live in peace without the fear of attack or the terrible tension than can hang over our neighbourhoods. I want to be very clear and unambiguous - no attacks on our communities should be qualified or justified, regardless where they emanate from. Leaders are meant to lead.
“We must do all we can to ensure a peaceful summer for everyone in east Belfast and I would make a direct appeal to parents to help us by making sure that their children aren't caught up in negative incidents at the interface; the reality is that one stupid incident can lead to a lifelong burden either for the young people themselves or the people living in the shadow of the interface walls who have to endure the fallout.
“I will work with leaders from within the unionist community at any stage, as we have done in the past, to ensure we can help achieve a safe and content community for all in east Belfast but Sinn Féin cannot do this alone, it will need the collective leadership of all political and community leaders in east Belfast."