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NIW must not abdicate responsibility - Hazzard

19 July, 2019 - by Chris Hazzard


Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has said that NIWater’s “feeble” response to the illegal erection of flags and vandalism on their site in Rathfriland over the Twelfth is contributing towards increased community tensions in the local area. 

The South Down MP has been in communication with NIWater management this week following a number of calls to his constituency office from local residents angry that such a blatant criminal act could go unchecked in a public facility.  

Mr Hazzard said: 

“It’s been a week now since the NI Water Tower in Rathfriland was illegally entered and flags and graffiti erected. 

“The fact that NIWater has not removed these flags and graffiti is an abdication of their responsibility. As a public body they have a duty to ensure a neutral workplace, so they must act immediately to rectify this situation. 

“I will also be raising some serious concerns with NIWater senior management next week in relation to the inadequate response to these actions - including a failure to relay accurate information to the public when questions were first asked this week. 

“It is also a major cause for concern that a sophisticated alarm system has been installed at this facility but was not connected to the main network last week when this incident occurred.”

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