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Ó Donnghaile calls for calm after homes attacked

24 August, 2014

Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has appealed for calm following trouble in east Belfast last night. 

Speaking after homes were attacked along the Albertbridge Road, Councillor Ó Donnghaile said; 

"No one wants to see these types of incidents in this area, regardless of where the attacks emanate from. 

"I visited a homes in the Short Strand this morning, one of which had its front windows broken after snooker balls were thrown at the house when young children were in the room and the glass came shattering in around them. Thankfully they were not injured. 

"Attacks from either side of the interface need to be condemned. 

"People intent on causing trouble need to stay away from this area and let the residents on both sides live in peace. 

"We have had a relatively quiet summer and we don't want to see anything that raises community tensions in the area. 

"The PSNI need to act to ensure the area is protected and parents have a responsibility to make sure their children and young people are not caught up in any incidents where they could get hurt or arrested. 

"There was a degree of orchestration around these attacks last night with grown men shouting loyalist slogans as homes were attacked.  

This is a  worrying development and I would call on all leaders in East Belfast to work to ensure that the incidents witnessed here last night are not repeated." 

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