SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone,
and party colleague, Nichola Mallon, MLA, have met with the Irish Minister
for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English, TD. At the meeting the SDLP delegation discussed the shared problems of addressing shortages of
social and affordable housing across the island of Ireland.
(Pictured with Irish Minister for
Housing and Urban Development, Damien English, TD, and party colleague
Nichola Mallon, MLA)
Mr McGlone said, “We had a very useful
meeting with the Minister for Housing and Urban Development. There are
shortages in social and affordable housing across the island of Ireland and
we can, and should, share our approaches to trying to address these
“During the meeting we discussed
housing and homeless strategy and policies in the south, as well as the
policies being followed in the north.
“In the absence of a functioning
Executive the Irish Government has a role in helping to inform the policies
enacted by the NI Secretary of State.
“Our objective is to ensure that the
Irish Government’s knowledge of the problems here, and their efforts at
resolving these same problems, are shared with however is responsible for
tackling them in the North.
“We will continue to work with both
the British and Irish Governments to minimise the impact on society of the
continued failure of Sinn Féin and the DUP to return to the Executive.”