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Tánaiste condemns attacks on police officers in Belfast

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has condemned further attacks on police officers which took place in Belfast today.

Following a flag protest at City Hall about 100 loyalists attacked PSNI officers with bricks, bottles and smoke bombs in East Belfast's Newtownards Road/Short Strand area. 

"This is the third successive day of unrest in Belfast." the Tánaiste said.  "These attacks over the past three days are not the mark of legitimate protest but are the actions of a small group who want to bring Northern Ireland back to a darker past".

The Tánaiste reaffirmed the Government's full support for the efforts of Northern Ireland’s elected leaders to resolve the flags issue. 

The Tánaiste is in close contact with political leaders in Northern Ireland and will remain so in the coming days.