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New Chair of Housing Executive Board must end exclusion of Sinn Féin

1 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson, West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has welcomed the appointment of Brian Rowentree as the new Chairperson of the Housing Executive and urged him to end the exclusion of Sinn Féin from the Housing Executive Board.

Mr McCann said:

"Sinn Fein have never been on the board of the Housing Executive. In welcoming Brian Rowentree as the chairperson of the Housing Executive Board I would urge him to address the exclusion of Sinn Féin from the board.

"It is unacceptable that in its' entire history there has never been a single Sinn Fein representative on the board. Given the fact that Sinn Fein represent the vast majority of nationalists, particularly in areas where there are severe housing problems the policy of exclusion must be ended.

"I look forward to working with Mr Rowentree in the future to ensure that, many of the pressing housing issues such as the overhaul of housing waiting list points allocation process, the ever increasing gap between need and provision of social housing, the imbalance in the waiting lists and anti-social tenants." ENDS

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