14 July 2005

Empey Challenged Over Cluan Place Remarks

Sinn Féin

Published: 14 July, 2005

East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Deborah Devenny has challenged UUP
leader Reg Empey to tell the full story about the events at the interface
between the Short Strand and Cluan Place yesterday. (see this story.)

Ms Devenny said:

" There were a number of incidents throughout yesterday of stone throwing
between Cluan Place and Clandeboye in the Short Strand. It seemed that the
catalyst for these disturbances was a party held in Cluan Place and attended
by members of a Scottish flute band staying in Belfast for the Twelfth who
seemed intent on trying to provoke conflict.

" Local residents and community leaders in the Short Strand worked to ensure
that stone throwing incidents from the nationalist side were kept to a
minimum.

" After a number of relatively peaceful summers in this area the last thing
that local people want is a repeat of the summer of 2003. It is my hope that
this band has now returned to Scotland and local people can once again get
on with their lives.

" However partisan and one sided commentary by individuals like Reg Empey
does little to reduce tensions in this area and only serves to wind up a
situation which has been relatively successfully managed in recent years."
ENDS

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