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Councillor's anger at attack on Belfast parochial hall undergoing refurbishment

By Andrew Madden, Local Democracy Reporter

A Belfast city councillor has hit out after a parochial hall was broken into and damaged while undergoing a major £500,000 refurbishment.

The Sacred Heart Parochial Hall in the north of the city was broken into some time on Wednesday night and damage was caused to the interior.

Work had just begun on transforming the hall into a community hub, with investment from Belfast City Council and the Urban Villages initiative, which seeks to develop areas of deprivation across the city.

Files lodged with council last year show how the parochial hall is to be developed into a community hub featuring a boxing club, Men’s Shed, youth club and more.

Construction had only started on the £500,000 project late last month and it is understood the damage caused to the inside of the hall caused flooding, which could set work back by a number of weeks.

Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Ryan Murphy, who is involved in the redevelopment, said anyone with any information about the attack should contact police.

 “The project to redevelop the parochial hall started less than two weeks ago which represents significant investment from Belfast City Council and Urban Villages and will see a much-needed community hub developed for the local area,” he added.

“This hall is an important asset to this North Belfast community and I know local residents will be just as upset and disappointed with news that is has been broken into with damage caused to the inside the building which will undoubtedly set this work back.”

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