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Interface residents cannot bear much more trauma - Ó Donnghaile

19 March, 2014

Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has said residents at the interface in inner-East Belfast have endured enough and must be left to live in peace.

Speaking from the Short Strand tonight where he has been talking to residents, Cllr Ó Donnghaile said:

"Tonight's disruption is the latest in a litany of events that have brought disruption and trauma to the homes of families living along the interface around Short Strand. These people deserve to be left to raise their families and live in peace.

Fourteen months of nightly and illegal protests, deliberately and cynically brought to the interface at Castlereagh Street can no longer be sustainable or acceptable and I would call on leaders of political unionism, including MLAs, not to join in these protests, but to join with me in calling for an immediate end to all incidents at the interface and help the ongoing work to ensure the safety and well being of our constituents.

Again we have experienced another night of disruption and anxiety for Short Strand residents who live along the interface. Regardless of responsibility for tonight's events, which also included fireworks and other missiles being thrown at homes along Bryson St, there can be no excuses, no half measures, no dancing around the issue.

These incidents are always wrong and those responsible need to go away and leave our community to live in peace and continue the work of building a new Belfast. It's what our people want and more importantly it's what they deserve

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