SIPTU, the Trade Union representing the community and voluntary sector have appealed for calm in East Belfast, calling for an end to further attacks and praised the 'crucial' work of those community workers on all sides who were 'at the coalface' in dealing with the recent violence.
SIPTU Organiser Martin O'Rourke said,
"The violence in East Belfast is absolutely wrong and serves no purpose, with the potential to damage the spades of good work and strong community relations built up over recent years. We appeal for calm and an end to the violence."
"We all need to recognise the crucial work of community workers on all sides who were at the coalface in dealing with the very live and dangerous situation. Few other jobs demand such courage, conviction and commitment and their intervention in these situations is vital, playing a hugely positive and constructive role during and in the aftermath of such events. The very fact that events like this are so rare today is down to the necessary bridge building work carried out by the community activists in interface areas and they should be fully supported in their endeavours."