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Sinn Féin demand major intervention to end ‘Seven Towers’ housing misery

27 March, 2007

Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has called for a major intervention to end the housing misery of people living in the seven tower blocks (known as the 'Seven Towers') in New Lodge area of North Belfast.

Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"Sinn Féin invited both Patricia Lewsley's predecessor Nigel Williams and Monica McWilliams, the Human Rights Commissioner, to speak to families living in the Seven Towers and to meet the Seven Towers Residents Committee.

"I welcome Patricia Lewsley's recent commitments to become directly involved in highlighting the conditions for families living in these tower blocks.

"Families are living in appalling conditions and Sinn Féin welcomes those with direct responsibility as Advocates for Children and Young People and for the Protection of Human Rights - giving their support to the people livings in the Seven Towers.

"The situation requires immediate intervention and until we get the new Executive in place there is a responsibility on the Direct Rule Minister for Housing, David Hanson, to direct the Housing Executive and intervene.

"There are serious housing problems in North Belfast, particularly for nationalists. Housing problems and the waiting list for housing in North Belfast are now a Human Rights and equality issue, anything from 78-85% of people on the Housing Executive waiting list are nationalists and these figures continue to increase." ENDS

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