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Maskey calls for bonfire removal

7 August, 2014 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has called for the removal of a bonfire, which has closed a daycare centre for vulnerable adults in west Belfast to be removed. 

 Speaking after anti-social behaviour at a bonfire site at Beechmount Drive led to the closure of the Mica Day Centre, the West Belfast MP said; 

 "I want to see this bonfire dismantled and the material removed from the site. 

 "Not only has this bonfire caused disruption to the area, it has led to the closure of the Mica Day Centre which provides an invaluable service to vulnerable adults. 

 "The users of the day centre depend on this facility and it is unacceptable that it is being closed by a bonfire. 

 "The local community have made it clear they do not want bonfires in the area. 

 "Positive alternatives to bonfires have been provided and the community have responded to them very positively. 

 "These bonfires have also been described as anti-internment bonfires but they have nothing to do with internment. In fact, former internees have made it clear that they are opposed to these bonfires and have spoken to the young people involved in building them."

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