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Mary Lou McDonald calls for calm as violence continues in Northern Ireland

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has called for calm in Northern Ireland following another night of disorder.

McDonald said loyalist violence has been deliberately planned to stoke up maximum tensions and called on unionist politicians to show “enlightened leadership” and to call off protests planned for this weekend.

She said that “now is a time for leadership among unionists and loyalism … violence is not the answer for anyone, this is disastrous for communities and young people”.

Police used water cannon for the first time in six years to drive back rioters during trouble for a second consecutive evening on both sides of a security gate that divides loyalist and nationalist areas in west Belfast.

Northern Ireland has experienced unrest over the past week, with youths engaging in rioting and attacks against Police.

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