Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Busy on the Hill

My apologies for not blogging as much lately, things have been 'relatively' busy up on the Hill!

People are more than aware of the outstanding issues that need to be resolved in the immediate time ahead; like everyone else in our community I think they can and must be done without further delay. Sinn Féin have made it clear they are committed to closing the deal.

Having been at Hillsborough, Caisleán Cromghlinne, last week it is easy to understand why this process has been frustrating.

On the ground in East Belfast, we have seen a totally unacceptable upsurge in robberies and burglaries over recent weeks. Some have targeted local business premises, others have been more opportunistic and have targeted the elderly and vulnerable members of our community; very often these incidents are not just traumatic for those victims but can also be violent. The latest incident saw a gym on Bloomfield avenue targeted by two robbers; the PSNI have to do more. This is an issue that has been raised with them repeatedly over recent months, not just in private engagements I'm sure, but also at the very public DPP meetings.

Later this week I will again meet with the developers of the Sirocco site on the Short Strand, this engagement has been an on-going one for some time, I have spoken on the key issues numerous times; they remain much the same. No doubt I will continue to keep you informed of where we are, not just with Sirocco but with Titanic and other smaller developments as well.

Unemployment, training opportunities and housing need remain the issues for this constituency and many others. The Department of Social Development have an ideal opportunity to 'tapaigh and déis ' and cease their policy of 'off the shelf' buying and engage with communities in order to help sustain them well into the future as well as providing employment and economic stimulation.

Bhí ceiliúradh 40 bliain bliain Phobal Bhóthar Seoighe agus Bunscoil Phobal Feirste i gCnoc an Anfa an seachtain seo chuaigh thart. Bhí me fhéin le freastal ar an rud, ach cosúil leis an duine a d'eagraigh an rud, bhí me gafa i gCaisleán na Croimghlinne!

Ach bhí an loachra ghael Caitríona Ruane i láthair agus creidim gur oíche den scoth a bhí ann. Maith sibh uilig, is cúis bróid domhsa mar iar-dhalta BPF go bhfuil ag éirí libh i gcónaí!!
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Niall,
    A good overview of the East as always! Hope your political campaign is going well!? I think Peter's time is up, no more 123 DUP anymore in the East thats for sure!
    Take Care