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Housing Executive workers threatened in north Belfast

Published 05/07/2016

Sinn Fein MLA Carál Ní Chuilín at flats in north Belfast [file pic]
Sinn Fein MLA Carál Ní Chuilín at flats in north Belfast [file pic]

The Housing Executive has said threats have been made to staff and contractors in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

A spokesperson said: "We utterly condemn this threat. The Housing Executive takes these matters very seriously, and the safety of people who work for us is paramount.

"We are now reviewing the provision of services to the blocks.

"We are calling for this threat to be withdrawn immediately and are currently seeking assurances from local community representatives."

SDLP North Belfast MLA Nichola Mallon condemned those behind the threats. She said: "The New Lodge is an area of severe housing need.

"The individuals behind these threats to Housing Executive staff and contractors carrying out essential work do nothing but harm the community they claim to care about. They don't represent this community. They should be ashamed of themselves.

"The work being carried out to improve the quality of life of local tenants cannot be disrupted by a small number trying to hold us back.

"The threats should be withdrawn immediately and the much needed maintenance work resumed as soon as possible."

Sinn Fein MLA Carál Ní Chuilín said: "I totally and absolutely condemn these cowardly threats against Housing Executive staff and contractors working on the Seven Towers in the New Lodge area.

"These threats have led to work being stopped which means residents are being kept in fuel poverty by the actions of those responsible.

"Those behind these threats do not have the support of the local area and in fact at war with the community."

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