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The removal of ‘peace walls’ is long overdue

I was delighted to read that junior minister Fearon said that the Executive was committed to removing all interface barriers within seven years. I wonder what has changed in the last year?

When I was on Belfast City Council some years ago I raised the need for normalising our city by removing barriers to normal city living. At the time of the first mention of the Towards Better Understanding programme and the stated goal of removing all “peace walls”, there was no coherent plan towards achieving that goal.

It is in the interest of all the citizens of Belfast that this programme of removing all barriers is progressed speedily, despite the protestations of some people who pretend that they have the interests of people at heart.

The success of developing Laganside was largely due to a body set up to do the job. Why not set up a body with the resources to remove all barriers? The people of Belfast deserve no less.



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