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Need for new security fence a sad reality - Ó Donnghaile

8 November, 2013

Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile commenting on the installation of new security fencing at Strand Walk has said:

"Unfortunately the need for this fence and the need to protect homes along Strand Walk and St. Matthew's Court is a sad reality for people living there.

“Sinn Féin and the community in the Short Strand don't want the erection of any further security measures in this area and we are actively involved in live and ongoing cross community work in this part of the city.

“On previous occasions we have been centrally involved in work to remove aspects and soften the appearance of so-called peace walls.

“But the unfortunate reality is that homes in this part of Short Strand have been attacked on numerous occasions in recent times and set on fire on two separate occasions this year alone; a local special needs group had to be evacuated from the nearby Parochial Hall after a petrol bomb attack earlier this year.

“The fence is being erected after direct engagement between residents and the Department of Justice (DOJ), which was facilitated by Sinn Féin after residents demanded that action be taken to protect them and their families.

“We will continue to work with local residents, the DOJ and political and community leaders from within the PUL community to ensure we all move to a position where residents are able to live in peace, in secure and appropriate surroundings."

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