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Beattie condemns forced closure and intimidation of Avoniel Leisure Centre

7 July, 2019 - by Ciarán Beattie

Sinn Féin party group leader in Belfast City Council, Councillor Ciaran Beattie, has condemned the forced closure of Avoniel Leisure Centre and the intimidation of the centre staff. 

Councillor Ciaran Beattie said:

“As leisure centre staff arrived to work this morning they were unable to open the centre as a group of men had barricaded and locked the main entrance gates. 

“GLL were forced to close the centre due to the potential threat to staff moving around the centre and customers coming into the area.

“In recent weeks there has been a bonfire constructed in the car park, as well as several paramilitary flags erected on lampposts.

“Leisure centres are public assets, they should be open and accessible to all members of the community.

“There is an onus on Unionist politicians to show leadership and to stand firm against this type of behaviour. This behaviour is absolutely reprehensible and has no place in our city and society.” 

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