Sinn Féin bring bonfire motion to City Hall
Belfast city councillor Jim McVeigh said today that Sinn Féin will be tabling an amended motion at tonight’s special meeting of Belfast City Council.
Jim McVeigh said:
“We have consulted with other parties in City Hall for tonight’s special council meeting on a motion which will enable council officers to remove bonfire materials from council and other sites.
“We worked to achieve a consensus during this engagement to permit the council to move forward with the removal of materials from the site of rogue bonfires.
“Sinn Féin is opposed to rogue bonfires where they present a threat to life, to property, to the environment, where they cause damage to public amenities and where they facilitate hate crime activities.
“It is the city’s ratepayers who have to foot the cost of this year in and year out despite many of these bonfires being built against the wishes of local communities.
“The law is being broken and flouted and the council has a duty to act and deal with unacceptable rogue bonfires.”
The text of the Sinn Féin motion, which will be debated at Belfast City Council tonight.
"This Council is opposed to rogue bonfires where they present a threat to life, to property, to the environment, where they cause damage to public amenities and where they facilitate hate crime activities.
“On the basis of these concerns this Council gives permission to our Council officers to remove bonfire materials or employ contractors to facilitate the removal of bonfire materials from Council sites and other sites which belong to Statutory Agencies and those which are in private ownership.