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Security gate is removed at north Belfast interface

By Linda Stewart

This barrier at Newington Street in north Belfast has been in place for almost 30 years - but yesterday it was removed as part of a peaceline initiative.

The removal of the security gate as part of the Peace Walls project funded by the International Fund for Ireland allows free travel along the interface street for the first time since 1988.

Kate Clarke of Duncairn Community Partnership said the gate was put up during the Troubles when people were being killed in their homes and remained during the Drumcree dispute.

"When Drumcree was going on, Newington Street attracted everything that happened because it was literally on the interface," she said.

In 2012 the security gate was opened for a couple of hours a day, and from the end of last year it was open all day with one-way traffic.

"I'm glad that things have come to fruition and the barrier is down. It's great for the residents - there is a lot of good cross-community work that goes on here between Limestone, Duncairn and New Lodge," Ms Clarke said.

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