Kelly and Ó Donnghaile meet PSNI on city interface tensions
This morning Gerry Kelly MLA and Cllr Niall Ó Donnghaile led representatives from across North, South, East and West Belfast in a meeting with the PSNI’s Belfast District Commander and a number of his senior team to discuss ongoing issues arising at interfaces across the city.
Speaking after the meeting Mr Kelly said;
“Today’s discussion was a frank one. Across the city but not least in the Short Strand, communities have felt severely let down by the PSNI who have failed to prevent attacks on their homes.
“We made it abundantly clear at today’s meeting that more needed to be done. Not only do vulnerable residents need to be reassured but they also needed protected.
“It is past time those responsible for bringing unwanted violence to the homes of people living near interfaces were brought before the courts. We support the PSNI in efforts to do that but people need to see results.
“I also took the opportunity to raise the need for action against those erecting unwanted flags in the Glengormley area in a deliberate attempt to heighten tensions. People who cynically seek to do so at anytime but particularly at this time of the year need to be faced down.
“We will continue to engage with the PSNI on these issues as we head further into the summer.
“Our first obligation is the safety and wellbeing of our constituents; that must also be the first priority for the PSNI and while last night’s marches passed off peacefully, residents need to feel assured that their long-term safety comes top of the agenda.”