“I feel absolutely let down..”

It was noted back in May this year, and as reported last night

Over stg£200,000 is to be spent building a school fence keeping rival factions apart in north Belfast, it was revealed today.

Work began this morning on the 25ft-high mesh barrier at Hazelwood Integrated Primary School which is attended by Protestant and Catholic children.

Ursine mammals etc, etc..

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  • JG

    Celebrating backwardness.

  • Ahem

    Speaking of feeling slightly let down, ‘walls’ preventing the free intercourse of ideas &c;- could someone from Slugger at some point explain why the site I so often unavailable at the moment? Those of us with jobs are losing the will to respond to the monomaniacs if we can’t actually see Slugger.

  • Yer Woman

    Tell me about it Ahem – I actually had to “do a bit” in work over the past few days!

  • Rory

    Shame on you, Yer Woman, for setting such a bad example.

  • Moochin Photoman

    I put it down as cultural research but i’m self employed.
    There are more ‘peacelines’ now than there were 15 years
    ago.

    http://frankiequinn.com/gallery/a/gallerysample.htm

    http://frankiequinn.com/gallery/b/gallerysample.htm

  • cut the bull

    I was just thinking what the kids siiting in school would be thinking as they look outside and watch this wall/fence being built. I think their thoughts may go something like this,

    We just want an education
    We wish there was no need for this big wall
    No Institutionalised sectarianism in the playground
    Will this place ever move on, and leave them kids alone
    Hey! Liberate your minds! Leave them kids alone!
    All in all it’s just another brick in another {peacewall}.
    All in all you’re just sitting in Stormont talking balls.

    The NIO needs an education
    We dont need no more big walls
    No Institutionalised sectarianism in the classroom
    Time to decommission the sectarian mindset, leave them kids alone
    Hey! Liberate your minds! Leave them kids alone!
    All in all it’s just another brick in another {peacewall}.
    All in all you’re just sitting in Stormont talking balls.

    “Wrong, Don’t do it again!”
    “We want to eat our meat, we want to have our pudding. How can we
    have any pudding if there is no meat?”
    “You! Yes, you up in Stormont , stand still and do something ladies and laddy’s!”

  • Rory

    If we can’t have Shelley at least, for God’s sake, bring back McGonigle!

  • joeCanuck

    Only one word needed to describe this:

    SAD

  • Dewi

    “Head teacher Jill Houston said the last sectarian attack on neighbouring houses through the premises was over a year ago”

    In that context seems a strange decision. Outside Belfast and Derry are there any other peacewalls ?

  • Dewi

    “There are 35 peacewalls in Northern Ireland with 26 in Belfast, 2 in Portadown, 1 in Lurgan and 6 in Derry. 32% of people killed in the troubles died within 100 metres of a peace wall and 68% within 500 meters”

    That 32% statistic is astonishing

  • Suilven

    I doubt those figures can be correct, Dewi – according to CAIN, only around 50% of the deaths in the Troubles were in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. Can’t see Portadown and Lurgan accounting for another 20% somehow.

  • Dewi

    Source slightly strange Suilven but quoted with such authority.

    http://tinyurl.com/2f5564

    And it is the BBC. I’ll see what else I can find.

  • Suilven

    >And it is the BBC.

    Likely to be wrong then!

  • Dewi

    Must be wrong – that’s BBC stuff used in children’s education. strange to be so sloppy.

  • Suilven

    >strange to be so sloppy.

    Not strange at all given the BBC’s recent record.

  • getthefacts

    It is all fine and well for those of us who live in the ‘leafy suburbs’ to idealise about these dreadful ‘peace walls’. It is a very different thing when you are actually living in parts of North and West Belfast, kept awake at night in fear that the ‘other side’ may attack you in your bed or that your children may be at risk when out playing or attending school. Above all places schools should be protected – no point in waiting till a child is injured or even dead to waken up to the real world. Remember Abervan.

  • cut the bull

    get the facts

    You have a point I’m sitting look out my window at one of them now.

    People to feel that the walls afford them an amount pf protection.
    I think that mindsets need to come down before there’s any chance of the walls ever coming down.

  • ulsterfan

    In one area I recall the students at an integrated school got on very well during the day while attending class but at night and at the week end they opposed each other in recreational rioting and then on Monday morning were the best of friends.
    Before the walls come down more is needed to be done on integrated education.
    If people are allowed to mix socially or in sport there will be less sectarianism but this will take decades.

  • himself

    This is the old style way of dealing with conflict- let’s build a wall and manage the division it costs us £1.5b per year (deloitte report 2007). High walls it is said make good neighbours! isn’t this another example of “it’s not us that is the problem but those people in inner city Belfast/derry etc etc”. The kids in Hazelwood should have been asked to mediate!

  • mac

    unreal. would like to know how ppl who posted on this topic have ever been or live near this area. i wud say not many. the last attack in this area was 1 month ago. also the three homes that where attack by fire bombs. most of the kids who lived in and were lucky to get of these houses went to the school. myb if the school had of took some action to stop thugs from using there grounds for the past load of years to attack ppls homes there wud be no need for this wall.