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Sinn Féin praise for those involved in new Chinese fold complex

1 November, 2004

South Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Alex Maskey has welcomed the opening of a fold for elderly Chinese people which opened in the Markets area over the weekend.

Mr Maskey said:

" This ambitious project has come about because of good work between local community representatives, the residents of the Markets, the Chinese community in Belfast and the statutory bodies.

" The opening of the new fold is an important part of developing the entire Markets district and securing the future of this small inner city community. At a time when the headlines are rightly dominated by the upsurge in racist attacks in the city this project and the manner in which it has come about should serve as an example to others.

" It is my firm belief that this partnership between the Chinese community and the local residents will grow even stronger in the coming years as another unique culture and tradition begins to influence and put its own stamp on this part of the city." ENDS

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