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Holyand disturbances unacceptable - Ó Muilleoir

17 March, 2016 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

South Belfast MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has stated that last nights events in the Holyland area which resulted in street disorder and disruption to local residents are unacceptable.

"The behaviour of those who caused severe disruption to local residents in the Holyland area last night is completely unacceptable. 

"It comes after a number of years when events like this have been minimised and there was hope we were beyond the serious disorder which had occurred over the St Patricks Day holiday in 2009.

"While people are entitled to celebrate holidays like St Patricks Day there is absolutely no justification whatsoever for the behaviour which Holyland residents had to endure last night.

"The core issue within the Holyland has always been the concentration of students into a small area. Sinn Féin had taken a position some time ago that purpose built student accommodation would help resolve this. Thankfully we have seen a number of these developments across the city been approved by planners. I believe this will help to relieve the Holyland issue.

"I would go further and call on the DSD to plan for a dispersal of students from the Holyland allowing the properties there to be transformed back into family homes.

"For today however, I would urge students and others to not let the behaviour we witnessed last night be repeated and to enjoy St Patricks Day in a responsible way with due regard to the Holyland community"

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