Life on the Interface

Whilst there has been much relief that this year’s marching season has passed off without the sustained violence of previous years, there continues to be sectarian attacks across the north, including attacks by between 20-30 men on homes in the Whitewell Road area last night. This morning’s Stephen Nolan show heard first hand accounts of life on two North Belfast interfaces: the Whitewell-Graymount area and the Carrick Hill-Shankill area. In both cases, many locals seem to be calling for higher walls (even the Westlink doesn’t seem to be wide enough to prevent attacks in the latter case) and permanent barriers as the solution, a sobering reminder of the reality of life for many living at the coalface.