Call for new Housing Action Committee

Veterean campaigner Eamon McCann with protestors at the Guildahll yesterday.  (0103JB51)

Veterean campaigner Eamon McCann with protestors at the Guildahll yesterday. (0103JB51)

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A former civil rights campaigner has called for the Derry Housing Action Committee to he re-formed to fight evictions.

Eamonn McCann made the call yesterday at a protest outside the Guilhall and said the group, which was set up in the late 1960s to highlight the lack of housing for Catholics, is again needed.

Mr McCann, who is likely to stand as a candidate for the People Before Profit Alliance in the forthcoming Assembly elections, said that many families in Derry could face eviction.

The veteran campaigner said; “There could be a need very soon for re-forming the Derry Housing Action Committee. Now the threat of evictions hangs over Derry families again. This time, the underlying issue is not sectarian allocation of houses but the greed of landlords, banks and mortgage companies. Little leeway is being given to families and tenants who, through no fault of their own, find their circumstances changed and have fallen behind in payments.

We don’t believe people should have to put up with this. But today, unlike 40 years ago, people facing homelessness feel isolated. What’s needed is for people to stand together and refuse to go quietly.”