“What these sorts of claims do is detract from the good work that is being done…”

The purge of the Polish– and other ethnic minority communities- in some loyalist areas of Belfast has continued in the aftermath of the violence which overshadowed the Poland-Northern Ireland international match last month, with the Polish Association Northern Ireland claiming that more than forty individuals had fled their homes in the period since the game. The Housing Executive have confirmed that eight people presented themselves as homeless citing ‘trouble’ in the Village area since the match. However, UUP/ Conservative councillor, Bob Stoker, has condemned the ‘bandying about’ of such figures, suggesting “these sort of claims…detract from the good work that is being done to build better relations with people from eastern Europe.”

That’s right, Bob. Better to ignore the problem….