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Sinn Féin seek progress on civilian use for Fermanagh Barracks

8 May, 2006

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has led a party delegation including councillors from Fermanagh District Council to meet with British NIO Minister David Hanson in Belfast to discus the future use of a number PSNI and British Army Barracks in Fermanagh that are due for closure as a result of Sinn Féin negotiations with the British government.

Speaking after the meeting Ms Gildernew said:

"Sinn Féin has consistently argued for the British government to complete the process of demilitarisation. There is progress but they still have a long way to go.

"It is essential now that we see the land used by both the British Army and PSNI to house their barracks finally put to some use that can be of benefit to the local community.

"Some of the sites should be used to develop social housing, particularly in Roslea, Tempo, Derrygonnelly and Lisbellaw where there is a severe lack of social housing. In other areas a number of local community organisations have already come forward and expressed an interest in developing a number of different projects including Kinawley where there are plans for play facilities and we will continue to work with the council to secure this, and Roslea where there are also a number of plans for community use including a substantial arts project.

"However within Roslea there are significantly greater social housing needs than that offered by the barracks and we will continue to work with the Housing Executive and Housing Associations to secure much needed social housing in this area." ENDS

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