Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Parties ignored plea over racist attacks in 2004

THERE has been much talk in the media and Press from politicians regarding racist attacks in Belfast over recent months.

To listen to both the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister one would think this is a recent matter which has raised its ugly head. Well, it is not.

I put a motion to a Belfast City Council meeting regarding attacks on ethnic minorities, calling on the council to work with other bodies to devise a strategy to protect members of ethnic minorities in Belfast. It also laid the blame for the attacks where it belonged – at the door of loyalist paramilitaries.

Not one other party would support the motion. The date I raised this issue? February 2, 2004.

So, the crocodile tears coming from certain people are just that – only 10 years too late.

CLLR PAT McCARTHY (SDLP)

Belfast City Council

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