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Notorious flats to be replaced by homes

Flats where a west Belfast man was killed are to be demolished. Former IRA prisoner Frank ‘Bap’ McGreevy (51) was murdered in his Ross Street home, off the Falls Road, in March 2008.

Now Social Development Minister Alex Attwood has pledged to remove the properties as they have become a hotbed of anti-social behaviour.

“I recognise that these flats have had a difficult, and at times, very dark past,” he said.

“It has become more and more evident to me that we need not just new housing here, but also a much improved environment, to make the area not vulnerable to the activity of anti-social elements and more appealing for those who will live here.”

Thomas Valliday (22) of Lady Street, Belfast, was convicted last February of killing Mr McGreevy.

Mr Attwood added the revised plans, drawn up by the Housing Executive on the minister's instructions, involved demolition of 12 flats, two houses and six cottages in the area.

It is hoped a total of 11 new family homes will bring more people to live on this site.

Belfast Telegraph