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Stormont hears calls for end to latest violence

Apr 8, 2021 14:04 By News Northern Sound
Stormont hears calls for end to latest violence Stormont hears calls for end to latest violence
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There's been widespread criticism of the ongoing violence in Northern Ireland.

Political leaders in the North have called for an end to recent violence.

The Stormont Assembly met this morning for statements in support of the rule of law. Nearly 23 years to the day of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, MLAs in the North have been condemning the recent violent scenes.

Last night's violence in West Belfast was the latest in a string of disturbing scenes in the last 8 days.

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First Minister Arlene Foster told the Stormont Assembly that political problems require political solutions'. While the Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill hit out at 'criminal networks' which were encouraging children to carry out these acts.

In a mostly civilised debate, there was one point where things got tense between some members of the DUP and Sinn Fein.

There has been widespread condemnation of the events from the Northern Ireland leaders, as well as the Taoiseach, the British Prime Minister and the European Commission.

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Minister Simon Coveney says the political figures have a responsibility to intervene:

Loyalist Stacey Graham says they're angry that post-Brexit trading arrangements have created economic barriers with the rest of the UK:

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