David Ervine memorial temporarily removed in east Belfast

The David Ervine memorial on Montrose Street, off the Albertbridge Road in east Belfast. Picture by Ann McManus
Brendan Hughes

A MEMORIAL in east Belfast to former PUP leader David Ervine has been temporarily removed.

The memorial off the Albertbridge Road was removed last week because of damage caused to an adjacent building during last month's storm Ophelia.

PUP councillor John Kyle said: "It was removed because the building it was beside was badly damaged in storm Ophelia.

"The gable wall is unsafe and the wall is being demolished so the David Ervine memorial has been put into storage.

"The building was seriously damaged in the storm and will have to be demolished."

Mr Kyle said they would have to look at the site again following demolition and consider "where the most appropriate place would be" for the memorial.

Former MLA Mr Ervine led the PUP from 2002 until his death in 2007. A former UVF member, he was a key figure in brokering 1994's loyalist paramilitary ceasefire.

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