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Adams to open West Belfast Intervention Project

24 July, 2007

Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams MP for west Belfast will officially open the office of the Intervention Project in the Upper Springfield area today, Tuesday 24th July at 12 noon.

The office, which is in the Upper Springfield Development Trust building on the Springfield Road (near the top of the junction of the Springfield and Whiterock Roads), is a key part of the community and statutory based response to the problems in the Ballymurphy area arising out of a feud between two criminal gangs.

The Intervention Programme for the Ballymurphy / Whiterock and broader Upper
Springfield community began last year. A Pilot programme was started in Feb 06.

Phase 2 began at the start of this month. The budget will run to the end of January 2007.

A co-ordinator has been appointed who will work out of the Intervention Office and whose task is to co-ordinate the work of all of those groups involved in this project.

Among the activities which Phase 2 of the Intervention Project will support are an increase in the hours of the youth workers attached to the Youth section of the project and an increase in community-based mental health provision.

Speakers at today's event will include Eilis Creen, chief executive, Upper Springfield Development Trust; Niall Enright, from the Steering group of intervention project and Frank Duffy, BRO, Bernie McNally, Belfast Health Trust and Gerry Adams.

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