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Peter Robinson's focus should be on events in his own constituency – Ó Donnghaile

24 June, 2013

Sinn Féin Councillor for Pottinger, Niall Ó Donnghaile, has stated that the First Minister, Peter Robinson, should look closer to home and address outstanding issues in East Belfast before taking politically motivated opportunities to attack Sinn Féin.

 Speaking today Cllr Ó Donnghaile said:

 “It is ironic that the First Minister Peter Robinson can take time out of his busy schedule to comment on recent events in North Belfast.

“The First Minister has yet to make comment on the behaviour of loyalist bandsmen who urinated against the gates of St Mathews Church last summer, two separate UVF orchestrated attacks on Short Strand since June 2011 and more recently last nights petrol bomb attack against pensioners homes in Short Strand. His refusal to do so to date speaks volumes.

“All of these incidents have happened in Peter Robinson's own constituency, yet his silence on all of them has been deafening. 

"Despite this however, and the fact that we have already had three separate DUP members on the media speaking about north Belfast, he is still able to afford time to comment on the events which followed the Tour of the North. 

“I would encourage the First Minister to follow the lead of those courageous residents on the ground in East Belfast who, rather than cast aspersions, have sat down face to face and shown positive leadership. I think Peter Robinson's time would be much better spent engaging with myself and others in ensuring a peaceful summer for all."

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