Threat against contractor unacceptable, says Hargey

Threats made against a Housing Executive contractor are “simply unacceptable”, Stormont’s Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has said.

ontractors withdrew their sets from a number of sites in Rathcoole in Newtownabbey following the turn up of threatening graffiti.

Ms Hargey described the incident as “sectarian intimidation”.

She additional: “The contractor was not only carrying out work on a tower block due for demolition but were also carrying out both health and safety and response maintenance work for Housing Executive tenants in the Rathcoole area.

“The withdrawal of the contractor from this area method that these tenants have to wait for the work required on their similarities, some of which could be urgent work.

This sectarian intimidation needs to stop nowDeirdre Hargey

“I would like to express my concern for the Housing Executive employees and contractors in this area who are day and daily looking after the wellbeing of potentially the most unprotected tenants in the area.

“I want the workers to be able to begin again work free from this intimidation as soon as possible.

“This sectarian intimidation needs to stop now.”

Police said inquiries are current into the incident.

A Northern Ireland Housing Executive statement said: “The safety of our staff and contractors is paramount, and we utterly condemn this behaviour.”

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