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Maskey calls on Attwood to take direct Ministerial intervention

13 January, 2011 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA for south Belfast Alex Maskey has contacted the Social Development Minister Alex Attwood, urging him to directly intervene in the case of a young woman in the Market area.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said;

“This woman, like many others across the north, has been unable to return to her home since the 27th December due to burst pipes, broken heating systems and the need for urgent repairs.

Despite repeated contacts with NIHE, including a site visit with the Housing Maintenance Officer and having raised this particular case directly with NIHEs Chief Executive at a meeting last week, to date no work has been carried out on Ms Friels home.

Despite repeated reassurances from both NIHE and the Minister, I’m sure he will agree that this is a totally unacceptable situation.

I am asking the Minister to directly intervene in this case given the failed responsibility of NIHE thus far. I am more than happy to facilitate a visit to this property, and others which are affected which would allow Mr Attwood to hear the plight of people on the ground directly.” CRÍOCH

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