Stormont executive to tackle violence
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 – RTE News
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have said the power-sharing executive was determined to do all it could to overcome recent violence and to move forward.
The two leaders were speaking after meeting the PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott to discuss the violence which flared in Ardoyne in north
Mr McGuinness said the small number of people who turned up to protest against the Orange Order march through Ardoyne was evidence that the vast majority of the people in
Mr Robinson said the Chief Constable has told them that the police were working towards making arrests.
Police came under renewed attack from rioters in
In Ardoyne, the scene of Monday night's major disturbances, a number of petrol bombs were thrown at police, who responded with water cannon.
There were no reports of injuries and officers said they were working with community leaders to end the disturbances.
The PSNI said it had earlier worked successfully with community representatives in the nationalist Short Strand, Markets and
Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness yesterday hit out at those behind the rioting and defended their political efforts to ease tensions over controversial parades.
Chief Constable Baggott blamed dissident republicans for tension that reached a height in the Ardoyne area of north
Mr Baggott declined to single out individual politicians for criticism over the marches issue but called for a 'big debate' on the way forward.
Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness later issued a joint statement condemning the violence and highlighted their efforts to secure a lasting solution to tensions over controversial marches.
DUP leader Mr Robinson said: 'I am disgusted at the outright thuggery and vandalism that has taken place over the course of the last 48 hours.
'There is no excuse and no place for violence in civilised society. Both the deputy First Minister and I have been, and will continue, to work for a resolution of the difficulties around parading.'
Mr McGuinness said: 'Our experience demonstrates that the way to deal with any disputes or contention is through dialogue and agreement.
'There are numerous examples that show this to be the way forward.
'We are currently consulting on legislation that aims to provide a workable framework for dealing with contentious parades.'
While 82 officers were injured in riots over the past few days, a total of 55 officers were injured in Monday night's rioting alone.
On Sunday night, three officers suffered pellet wounds during riots in
On Monday, a masked man armed with a handgun shot at a police vehicle, though officers escaped injury.
In Lurgan, Co Armagh, rioters stopped the
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the attacks on police were 'completely unacceptable'.
Mr Cameron paid tribute to the 'restraint and bravery' shown by the police as they came under attack.
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