Counterpoint (insert): Charles Brett last day in Housing Executive

Counterpoint (insert): Charles Brett last day in Housing Executive

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Havelock House




Transmission 01/10/1988


05min 19sec




1 inch



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Brian Black interviews Charles Brett about the Ireland Fund. 

With questions raised from applicants earlier in the programme, Brett states that he is "certainly prepared to meet them". However, he does suggest that there hasn't been any requests for a meeting and due to the thousands of applicants the fund has, he is not "terribly keen" to meet them all, though does highlight that "there are circumstances in this case which would make it sensible".

Another issue tackled, is the potential problem of money from the fund being channeled into paramilitary groups. In response, Brett states that it is a "problem that, we in the fund are unequipped to deal with" and that they would rely on both the North and South governments to guide them if they have grounds to believe money is going astray. 


The International Ireland Fund is made up of £73 million from America, New Zealand and Canada with another £30 million from the European community. It hopes that funding enterprises that have job growth potential will help the stability of Northern Ireland and, ultimately, assist with the reconciliation of its divided community.


Presented by Brian Black

Produced by Jamie Delargy

Directored by Tony Boyle 

A UTV production



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