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Sinn Fein councillor calls for Housing Executive 'bombing'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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A Sinn Fein councillor has metaphorically called for the bombing of Northern Ireland's housing executive.

During a Fermanagh District Council meeting last week, cllr Stephen Huggett said that Northern Ireland’s strategic housing authority should have a bomb put under its headquarters because of its "abysmal record of traveller accommodation in the county."

Mr Huggett was responding to the news that a member of the SDLP, Frank Britton, had become a member of the Housing Executive's board, and expressed the view that he hoped Mr Britton would place a bomb under the organisation.

In response, council chairman Alex Baird asked: "Metaphorically speaking?”

To which Mr Huggett replied: "Yes, metaphorically speaking."

Mr Britton informed Mr Huggett that he "knew nothing about incendiary devices".

He added that he believed that the Housing Executive should remain as a single landlord within the public sector. He said: “The current system is not working sufficiently well through housing associations. They do build good houses, there is no question about that, but the amount of homes is far short of what’s needed.”

Established in 1971, the Housing Executive manages around 89,000 homes across Northern Ireland.

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