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'Peace Wall' to be opened for longer

'Peace Wall' to be opened for longer
One of the most iconic metal gates in Northern Ireland is at the centre of discussion to whether it should open for longer.

The Alexandra Park fence or "peace wall" was installed in north Belfast in 1994 to prevent sectarian violence in the city and now residents in the area are being asked whether it should be open for longer.

BBC sources have reported that the opening times of the wall will go under review after consultation with residents.

As of last September the gate was open from 09:00 to 15:00 on weekdays but now officials are keen for it to be open for longer.

Gerry O'Reilly, an interface worker based on the mainly nationalist Limestone Road, told the source: "You see people exercising, coming in with children in the prams, people jogging, so it has that sense of a park again. It's breaking down that whole thing of them and us."

There are currently 49 peace walls across Northern Ireland with many depicting political history within the country.

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Date: 19/12/2011 13:25:05

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