The Northern Ireland housing executive, the public body in Northern Ireland charged with the allocation of housing has spent £4,000 of it’s budget hosting an Eid gala at Botanic Gardens.
This comes amid a housing crisis with one in eighteen adults in Northern Ireland homeless or in precarious hostel accommodation. The Housing executive also houses “refugees” from Bangladesh, Turkey, Nigeria and other countries as well as actively promoting Islam.
This is undoubtedly a symptom of Common Purpose control, it has never traditionally been the remit of the Housing executive to promote religion. That said if they were going to promote religion they should do so with equal promotion, or at least demand led promotion of all religions. They should also make sure that low income people have access to the events. The tickets to this event were administered by the Belfast Islamic Center.