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Community 'disgusted' at 'no foreigners need apply' house rental advert

"This is the 21st century, this type of discrimination has no place within our society"

AN online advertisement for a house that stated "no foreign nationals need apply" has been removed.

SDLP Mid Ulster councillor Malachy Quinn said the community in Moygashel, Co Tyrone had been "disgusted" by the advert.

It had appeared online during the week but was later taken down.

The listing was for a four bedroom, semi-detached house in Moygashel, near Dunngannon.

It said the house, which was available to rent, "would ideally suit a local family who knows the area. Foreign nationals need not apply".

Mr Quinn said there was no place for hateful discrimination in modern society.

"When I was sent the advertisement and read it, I was absolutely disgusted, as were many people who contacted me, from Moygashel and across our community," Mr Quinn said.

"This is the 21st century, this type of discrimination has no place within our society and for someone to think they have the right to place such criteria is outrageous. This is the type of language that Irish people used to endure in America, when they were discriminated against along with other minorities, and now for it to happen in our own country is unacceptable.

"During the pandemic our health service, which includes many foreign nationals, have gone beyond the call of duty to help heal our sick and look after our most vulnerable. Without their hard work and dedication, the NHS would collapse, as would many of the local businesses in the Dungannon and south Tyrone areas."

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