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Adams welcomes Belfast Hills National Trust move

16 November, 2004

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Gerry Adams this morning attended a ceremony to mark the National Trust taking possession of the Divis and Black Mountain areas.

Mr Adams said:

?This is a good day for all the people of Belfast. Sinn Féin has supported the National Trust to raise the funds to secure this valuable site.

" We done so because the Belfast Hills is the heritage off all the people of Belfast and will be our gift to future generations. It is up to all of us to conserve the hills, to create an accessible piece of countryside, to enhance the site as a reserve against the urban sprawl of Belfast.

" Sinn Féin supports the purchase of Divis and surrounding lands as a step in saving the Belfast Hills. We now need to end the quarrying at the Black Mountain. We need the Department of the Environment to work with all the land owners to designate the Hills as a regional park.

" I congratulate the National Trust on their work to date and look forward to working with them in future to ensure that the potential of this site is realised. I would hope that we are now another step closer to the opening up of all the Belfast Hills from Colin Mountain to Carnmoney Hill for the people of Belfast." ENDS

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