Leaders issue a joint statement on Cantrell Close

The following is a joint statement on behalf of the leaders of the DUP, Sinn Fein, SDLP, UUP, Alliance Party and the Green Party;

We as political leaders condemn all forms of sectarianism, intolerance and threats of violence.

Four families have been forced to leave their homes in South Belfast. This is wrong.  Any threat to these families should be lifted immediately.

There is also an onus on the PSNI and the statutory agencies to provide immediate and appropriate support to the affected families, including re-housing those affected if they feel unable to remain in their homes.

This situation runs absolutely contrary to the ethos under which the Cantrell Close development was created.

Everyone has the right to live in a society without fear of intimidation and free from sectarianism.

Those behind this threat offer nothing but hatred and division and should be condemned by all political, community and statutory leaders.”

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  • Skibo

    I didn’t realise Republicans were only allowed to buy houses in specific areas!

  • sparrow

    Intimidated out by the Orange Order??

  • sparrow

    ‘People here celebrate July 12th in just the same way Americans celebrate July 4th.’
    Not even close.

  • sparrow

    Sorry, that was a reply to James, not you Georgie.

  • T.E.Lawrence

    Its an interesting point about the OO not allowing the band to use its Orange Hall. To be quite honest when you look back, it was the best thing that ever happened, it helped established a Loyalist Band Social Club in the Ballynafeigh district. I remember way back supporting the wee band hall and drinking in it on Sunday Evenings to help get it up and running. Good to see it still going strong today ! As a matter of fact I remember drinking in a lot of shebeens in South Belfast and look what they have developed into today !