First Minister: Stop community group cuts

First minister Peter Robinson is urging his Stormont ministers to stop implementing the kind of budget cuts of the type which have seen the axing of the Waterside Links Festival.

Mr Robinson was speaking on a visit to Londonderry today in support of Foyle DUP election candidate Gary Middleton.

The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, and Alderman Drew Thomnpson, Chairman of the Waterside Area Partnership at last year's Waterside Community Links Festival in St. Columb's Park. DER2914-136KM

The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, and Alderman Drew Thomnpson, Chairman of the Waterside Area Partnership at last year's Waterside Community Links Festival in St. Columb's Park. DER2914-136KM

“It was necessary for me to point out to ministers at the last Executive meeting how important it was that they kept the life blood going to these community organisations,” he said.

“They provide the necessary services to our local communities.

“In cultural terms the add the colour to our society.

“They are what bind us together.”

Adam and Matthew Heath were pictured during their visit to the Waterside Community Links Festival last year. INLS2914-157KM

Adam and Matthew Heath were pictured during their visit to the Waterside Community Links Festival last year. INLS2914-157KM

The first Minister also condemned the bomb attack in Drumahoe earlier this week.

“The random nature of attacks of this type is that anybody could be targeted, hurt or killed,” he said.

“That shows the mindset of the kind of individuals that use this kind of weapon.”

For the full interview, click on the video above.

Veronica Sweeney, Anne Sweeney, Sharon Peake, Jacqui Ward and Siobhan Ashe, of the Solas Flamenco dance group, who performed during the Waterside Community Links Festival last year. DER2914-141KM

Veronica Sweeney, Anne Sweeney, Sharon Peake, Jacqui Ward and Siobhan Ashe, of the Solas Flamenco dance group, who performed during the Waterside Community Links Festival last year. DER2914-141KM