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Sinn Fein call for end to threats of CRJ workers

30 October, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast Paul Maskey has called for an end to the threats from dissident republicans against West Belfast Community Restorative Justice workers. Mr Maskey has stated that those behind the threats are out of touch with the local community.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

"This is a vital service and one that the community use on a daily basis with over 1,500 cases being dealt with last year. This only goes to show the strong support from the community for the work that is being carried out by the organisation.

"CRJ works in very difficult circumstances towards making our communities a safer place to live. To be threatened like this is unacceptable.

"It is also a service that, following repeated attempts to cut back restorative justice projects from many quarters, has endured and gotten stronger undertaking an incomparable job in helping local communities. Now we see so-called dissidents joining in to attack CRJ with threats against its workers.

"These threats must be lifted immediately. Those behind them should listen to the demands and needs of the local community that these so-called dissidents say they are representing. It is clear they are very out of touch."

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