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Sinn Féin calls for urgent response to resolve south & east Belfast water crisis

29 December, 2010 - by Alex Maskey


Sinn Fein representatives met in South Belfast this morning again to co-ordinate their response to the water crisis, with extensive areas across the south and east of the city without water for three days or more.

South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey who visited Olympia Leisure Centre again this morning, said: “This is grave situation which requires an urgent approach from all the agencies. Belfast City Council is showing the way forward with its coordinated response and I have today asked that they do more by opening all community and leisure centres to provide information points and water supplies. I have been contacted by distressed Housing Executive tenants in the Market and Short Strand whose homes have been flooded and it’s clear that the Executive’s emergency response has been wholly inadequate.

“I would also call on people to check in with elderly and vulnerable neighbours and would appeal to owners of commercial premises which have been closed over the Christmas period to check for burst pipes.

“Our team will remain in contact with NI Water today to try to get as much information as possible about the situation in South and East Belfast and to push for a speedy resolution.” CRÍOCH

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