PSNI failing to protect residents at interface - Ó Donnghaile
Speaking after visiting a number of homes paint bombed in Bryson Street last night, Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the PSNI must take "firm and robust action against those responsible".
Speaking in the Short Strand today Cllr Ó Donnghaile said;
"The attacks on homes in Bryson Street have been incessant for over a year now and are having a hugely negative impact on the families who live there.
“I have highlighted these incidents time after time but with zero response from any number of statutory agencies who have a duty of care to these residents.
“At the same political unionism in East Belfast appears to be in denial about what’s happening at this interface on a regular basis.
“It is becoming increasingly clear via social media that a small of group of individuals are spreading misinformation and lies about incidents at the interface. They are also naming residents in the Short Strand on their site, which in turn unquestionably heightens tensions.
“I and other community representatives have brought this up with the PSNI, the Department of Justice and the Housing Executive.
“It is well past time that the PSNI took firm and robust action against those deliberately bringing this anguish quite literally to people's front doors.
“I have a meeting scheduled this week with the Police Ombudsman. I will also be asking the Ombudsman to investigate fully the fact that violence has been allowed to go on for over a year now with zero arrests or charges.
“For this and many other reasons residents feel the police have failed to protect them and have clearly let them down. The residents of Bryson Street are entitled to live free from fear and intimidation. This is clearly not the case.
“All incidents at the interface must stop, everyone must be allowed to live their lives in peace. I know that's what the vast majority of people want. It's time the small minority responsible for this were faced down and rejected by all of us."