Two murals removed in Mount Vernon

Published Wednesday, 15 January 2014
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Two infamous paramilitary murals in the loyalist Mount Vernon estate in north Belfast have been removed.

Two murals removed in Mount Vernon
The murals are being removed in Mount Vernon. (© UTV)

It comes as part of a community project aimed at transforming an area which was notorious as a UVF stronghold during the Troubles.

The paramilitary paintings had been the backdrop to life for local residents for the past 15 years, but now they say they want to see the estate taking on a new image.

Amanda Ash, who lives there, said: "It's about the future in Mount Vernon.

"It's time for change and we want to see the estate in a new light. This is a resident led approach to us changing the way our estate is portrayed to the outside world.

"Our children deserve a better future."

The project follows three years of dialogue and ground-work.

Its idea is not to replace the murals, but that instead a new feature will beam streams of light onto the flat. Work is expected to be completed in a few weeks.

Meanwhile discussions about the future of the final paramilitary mural are continuing.

© UTV News
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8 Comments
AK in Ireland wrote (187 days ago):
John in armagh He cant because there aint any. Glad to have helped
Jordan in North Belfast wrote (187 days ago):
Good to see these murals taken down as they were intimidating to people who don't really know the area. Maybe the larger mural that is still up should get covered with a sports mural, like Crusaders so that away supporters can see it as they come off the motorway.
Joe in East Belfast wrote (188 days ago):
Dogs marks their territory with urine. These murals are not much better. Good to see local people standing up to the bully boys. Same needs to happen all over Belfast !
John in Co.Armagh wrote (188 days ago):
Regarding Eamonn's Comment) Maybe if you could make the same comment concerning republican murals depicting masked gunmen brandishing all kinds of weapons, that would be the right step in the right direction for republicans.
remove them in bangor wrote (188 days ago):
about time all these murals both republican and loyalist where removed, they are an eyesore and brings the area down.
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