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‘Grenfell implications must be taken on board’ - Ní Chuilín

17 May, 2018 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

The implications of the Hackitt report into the Grenfell Tower tragedy must be taken on board by the Housing Executive and the Department for Communities here, Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilín has said.

Commenting on the release of the report today, the North Belfast MLA said while there is disappointment that it did not call for a ban on non-combustible cladding, it is comprehensive about the scale of the failings that resulted in the tragic loss of life in Grenfell and decisive about what can be done about it.

Carál Ní Chuilín commented: “The report identifies an attitude of indifference and a lack of real accountability at the heart of a decision making process that led to this tragedy. An approach that promoted a culture of doing things as quickly and cheaply as possible. A failure not only to listen to tenants’ real concerns but also a failure to put their safety first and foremost.

“Going forward the report offers simpler regulations and tougher penalties for anyone found to be ‘gaming the system’ and putting tenants’ lives at risk. This includes clients, designers, contractors and owners, those who procure and those who maintain, all have a responsibility to ensure standards are met.

“The report also calls for a reassertion of the role of residents, their active participation and recognition by others that they have a significant voice.

“I will be arranging a meeting with the Housing Executive and Department of Communities to discuss the implications of this report for tower blocks residents here.”

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