Council bonfire vote a strong message against displays of hate – McVeigh
Councillor Jim McVeigh said tonight’s vote in Belfast City Council in support of a Sinn Féin motion on bonfires sends out a strong message that the city stands against displays of racism, sectarianism and homophobia on bonfires in any part of the city.
Jim McVeigh said:
“I welcome tonight’s vote at a special meeting of the city council in support of a Sinn Féin motion in opposition to rogue bonfires which present a threat to life and property and to the environment.
“We are opposed to bonfires, which cause damage to homes and public amenities and which have been used to promote hate crime.
“Time and again the law is being broken and flouted at rogue bonfires and lives, property and the environment put at risk.
“The council has a duty to act and deal with these unacceptable bonfires and public displays of hate.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that residents who live close to these bonfires are protected, that they can feel safe in their own homes.
“Tonight’s motion enables council officers to remove bonfire materials from council and other sites, which belong to statutory agencies and those which are in private ownership with their consent.
“This sends out a strong message that this council stands against displays of racism, sectarianism and homophobia on bonfires in any part of the city.”