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McGuinness summons officials to water response meetings

29 December, 2010

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is this morning at his desk in Stormont Castle seeking urgent answers from officials and from NI Water on the response to the recent thaw. Mr McGuinness who yesterday visited householders affected by flooding and a cut in supply said:

“Yesterday along with Minister Conor Murphy I visited householders in Lurgan and Coalisland directly affected by both flooding and a cut in the water supply. I have also been in contact with party colleagues across the north in the past few days. There is a general consensus that both NI Water and the Housing Executive have not responded effectively in many instances. This is not good enough.

“This morning I have summoned officials to Stormont Castle for a number of meetings. In the afternoon along with Conor Murphy I will visit NI Water for urgent meetings with senior managers at that company. While obviously in the time ahead there will be a need for a fuller inquiry into the response, in the immediate term the priority must be to see supplies restored and burst pipes in homes repaired.” ENDS

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