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Ó Donnghaile meets PSNI on East Belfast tensions

3 June, 2015 - by Mairead O’Donnell

Sinn Féin Cllr Niall Ó Donnghaile met with the PSNI in East Belfast this afternoon to discuss ongoing tension in the area.

Speaking afterwards Cllr Ó Donnghaile said;

“First of all I want to condemn last night’s paint bomb attacks on homes in Bryson Street which saw damage caused to a number of properties and also the petrol bomb attack on houses in Strand Walk. 

"I visited Strand Walk last night and met with residents who are obviously extremely anxious. One house was hit with petrol bombs while Marie Curie nurses delivered palliative care to a terminally ill lady inside. This is the type of person being subjected to these mindless attacks.

"I stressed with the PSNI the very clear need for them to act in a way that ensures the safety, security and wellbeing of all those living on the interfaces over the coming nights in particular and into the period ahead. Residents have made very clear that neither side wants this brought to their doors. 

"The onus is on the PSNI to stop the small but determined numbers, driven solely by sectarian hatred, who are trying to set a negative and potentially violent tone to the coming weeks and months.

"I am as always heartened by the ongoing links between community leaders who continue to work together to try and ensure the safety of residents. 

"I welcome statements from unionist politicians in East Belfast reiterating that all incidents at the interface are wrong regardless of their origin or motive and should stop immediately. As always, I am up for the job of working hard with colleagues from across the political spectrum to ensure we send a message that East Belfast and in particular our elderly and vulnerable neighbours will not be held to ransom.”

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