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Sinn Féin secure progress on social housing at Kinawley Barrack's site

25 May, 2006


Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has welcomed the decision of the Housing Executive to review its' position and support the provision of social housing on the British Army Barracks site in Kinawley following a meeting with British direct ruler David Hanson two weeks ago.

Ms Gildernew led a party delegation including councillors from Fermanagh District Council to meet with British NIO Minister David Hanson in Belfast on May 8th 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.

Ms Gildernew said:

"Sinn Féin has consistently argued that the land used by both the British Army and PSNI to house their barracks finally be put to some use that can be of benefit to the local community.

"We put the case for a number of these sites to be used in the provision of social housing, including Roslea, Tempo, Derrygonnelly and Lisbellaw where there is a severe lack of social housing.

"Following a number of meetings the decision of the Housing Executive to review its original position in regard to the Kinawley site and to now support the provision of social housing on the British Army Barracks site there is welcome.

"We also expect to see movement in relation to not just the Roslea PSNI barracks but also adjoining areas because there is a significantly greater social housing needs than that offered by the barracks alone. 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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