Former Foyle MLA Eamonn McCann has said that the response to the Notre-Dame fire has highlighted how the victims of the Grenfell Tower diaster were failed in the aftermath.
The long-time political activist pointed to the millions raised in support of the Notre-Dame reconstruction, while residents of Grenfell Tower are still living in temporary accommodation two years after the fire.
The June 2017 fire at the west London Tower block resulted in the deaths of 72 people and left hundreds homeless.
Police and fire services believe the fire, which began in a malfunctioning fridge-freezer, spread due to the type of cladding used in the building's exterior.
Folllowing the fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday night, nearly £700m has been raised to pay for refurbishments.
Mr McCann, who is running for election to Derry City and Strabane District Council in May, said that while he accepted people would be upset by the damage to Notre-Dame, the human cost following Grenfell had largely been ignored.
"The victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster two years ago must be kicking themselves they never thought to install stained glass windows in their flats," the 76-year-old said.
"Survivors mourning for their friends and neighbours can only wonder at the vast generosity towards Notre-Dame when compared to the grudging response to the tragedy which saw 72 people perish in an avoidable inferno.
"Close on a billion pounds has been donated for the refurbishment of Notre-Dame. But many Grenfell Tower residents still don’t have a home to go to."
Mr McCann suggested the lack of response to the Grenfell tragedy may have been due to the background of those who lived there.
"The blaze at Notre-Dame appears to have been accidental, but the Grenfell tragedy was not only forseeable but had been foreseen. Residents had complained about the fire hazard - to no effect," the former MLA said.
"The cathedral of Notre-Dame is a cultural treasure. Dismay at its destruction was inevitable and understandable. The impulse to restore it to its former glory is right and proper."
The veteran civil rights campaigner said that the Notre-Dame fire had shown that priorities had "largely been lost sight of".
Mr McCann criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's reaction to the Grenfell fire.
"Her pledge to the Grenfell families that they would all be housed in suitable accommodation within three months has simply been forgotten," he said.
"The super-rich who coughed up a billion in no time at all for Notre-Dame all kept their hands in their pockets when it came to the people of Grenfell."
A UK Government spokesperson said that they remained committed to ensuring every victim of the Grenfell disaster is provided with a new home.
“There is nothing more important than ensuring that those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy receive the support they need," the spokesperson said.
"The Government has committed over £80 million to help the community recover, including supporting rehousing, new mental health services, investment in the Lancaster West Estate, and a new community space.
“Everyone who lost their home as a result of the fire has a permanent home reserved for them and 90% have moved in.”