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Lord Mayor condemns threats to Belfast families

2 Oct 2017
Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister has condemned those behind threats made to families living in Cantrell Close.

Speaking at tonight’s monthly meeting of Belfast City Council, Councillor McAllister said: “To be standing here, in 2017, condemning this sort of behaviour is utterly depressing.

“Intimidating people from their homes is wrong in any circumstances and at any time. But to think that in Belfast, in 2017, after everything we have come through as a society, we have seen families ordered to leave their homes because of their community background is deeply worrying.

“As First Citizen of the city, it is my duty to stand up for those who have had to face this intimidation. It is not acceptable and cannot be tolerated.

“We must all do what we can to ensure the safety of residents and tackle this sort of hate. It has no place in our society and can only lead us backwards.

“There can be no ambivalence when it comes to tackling this sort of behaviour. Together we must stand against those who seek to divide our community and take us backwards.

“I have set that out – in my Global Belfast theme for the year – a Belfast that is open, welcoming and inclusive. That is the kind of Belfast we all want to live in, work in and be proud of.

“Together, as leaders in the community, we must stand up for the principles of sharing and integration and oppose intimidation in all its forms.”
Cllr Nuala McAllister