Plea for new social housing to be built at west Belfast protest

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By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor

A call for social housing to be built on the former Mackies site in west Belfast was made at a protest last night in the city.

The event was organised by the Equality Can’t Wait (EWC) campaign and supported by Participation and the Practice of Rights organisation ((PPR).

Men, women and children,some dressed in festive outfits, gathered at the former Mackies site to demand that their housing needs be urgently addressed.

ECW was launched in 2012 by mothers and toddlers living in a hostel in north Belfast.

Sean Brady at PPR said the campaign is growing rapidly.

“Every week a new family joins the campaign. Homelessness and inequality are on the rise and the promised positive action has not happened,” he said.

Nichola, a mother of two, who has been on the housing waiting list in west Belfast for a number of years, attended the protest.

She said: “My kids’ health has got worse and the stress and anxiety has been terrible. We need our politicians and housing authorities to work with us to build homes on the land we have found.”

Below are images of some of those who attended last night’s protest in west Belfast.

• The next issue of VIEW will be devoted to looking at housing issues.









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