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First ever Sinn Féin member of Housing Executive Board

20 November, 2006


Newry and Mourne councillor Brendan Curran has become the first ever Sinn
Féin member of the Board of the Housing Executive.

Commenting on his appointment following nomination by Housing Council, Cllr
Curran said:

"It has been a long standing anomaly that no Sinn Féin elected
representative has ever been a member of the Housing Executive Board,
despite the fact that representatives from all of the other main parties
have been on the Board.

"This is an important opportunity at a time when there are huge pressures on
social housing, not least with the year on year under provision of new
social built homes and increasing numbers of homeless people.

"There are also very serious problems with the allocation system and
concerns that across the north that housing is not always being allocated
fairly. Indeed the spark that lit the civil rights movement in the 1960's
was a result of discrimination in housing allocation in Caledon.

"The Housing Executive faces a number of challenges. I look forward to
finally being in a position to bring an Irish republican analysis into the
workings of the Board of the Housing Executive." ENDS

Note to Editor

No Sinn Féin elected representative has ever been a member of the Housing
Executive Board. Cllr Curran has been a member of the Housing Council for 8 years.

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