Belfast City Council Sought ONH Approval for Community Wardens in Ardoyne

According to a report in the Irish News, Belfast City Council officials “had talks with members of Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH)” and “are believed to have sought assurances from members of ONH that employees would be safe” before extending the community warden scheme to Ardoyne.

The republican source said: “The council was basically told that as long as the wardens were not acting as the eyes and ears of the PSNI in monitoring republicans then they would not be touched.”

A spokeswoman for the council said: “Before our community safety wardens are deployed to an area in the city to carry out high-visibility foot patrols helping to create a safer Belfast, the council carries out consultation with the local community and our partner agencies which include the Police Service of Northern Ireland, NIO and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

“As in the Ardoyne area, we sought the engagement and the support of the local community as well as feedback from our agency partners before the community safety wardens were deployed.”

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  • Cynic

    So who did it and who authorised it?

    Did PSNI know about it?

    Did PSNI agree with it?

  • joeCanuck

    Presumably no prods need apply?

  • Cynic

    Nice to see tacit recognition of who rules Ardoyne now but will the SF councillors be happy with this?

    Well there you go. the people of North Belfast have been relieved of rule by one band of thugs but found another one.

  • socaire

    Naw, cynic. They still don’t accept the PSNI/RUC.

  • Cynic

    Ah well, makes a change from the argument that PSNI are the same one?

  • Liberal Unionist

    So much for supporting Policing and Justice then!

  • Sean

    The problem the warden scheme is that local youth see the ‘wardens’ as community ‘cops’ and the thing is they are not but the preception is because the wardens wear high vis ‘boby armour’ overtly they are ‘police, cops or whatever’. There have been bottles and other items thrown at their vans and verbal abuse by the youth, male and female alike, and local youth and others may see this as another form of authority. The ‘wardens’ are there to help the community with anti-social behaviour and try to be of assistance and help with local projects. Is the ‘boby armour’ a barrier to dialogue with locals? Do they want the ‘wardens’ to wear it covertly, overtly or not at all? They are there for our community who have had years of war and years of anti-social elements in the area doing what the brits could not do, destroy our unity, our community wants/demands that there is action to make our areas safe again so that the elderly and the young can walk the streets free from harm at any time of the day, the week, the year.