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DUP and Housing Executive must reject ‘sectarian gerrymander’ - SF

20 September, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilín has called on the DUP and Housing Executive to reject a plea from a residents group to ensure a new social housing development in Dunmurry is ‘filled up with people from the loyalist/unionist community’.

The North Belfast MLA was speaking after The Seymour Hill and Conway Residents’ Association made the plea on social media, also urging unionists to contact DUP Councillor Jonathan Craig ‘to get themselves on the list’ for the development on the former Dunmurry High School site.

“This is a disgraceful attempt from a publicly-funded organisation to gerrymander a new social housing development along sectarian lines,” Carál Ní Chuilín commented.

“This is the kind of unacceptable, sectarian practice that has been ongoing for years in order to ensure new developments are only populated by people from the unionist/loyalist community. For it to be done in such a blatant way only exposes that fact and the DUP must now reject this clear attempt at sectarian discrimination.

“The Housing Executive must also clarify that the homes in this, or any other development, will only be allocated on the basis of need, not creed. That is the only legal basis on which houses should be allocated and the Housing Executive need to state clearly that this attempt at sectarian gerrymandering will not be allowed to succeed." 

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