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Bonfire threat to east Belfast homes must be addressed with urgency - Ó Donnghaile

10 July, 2015 - by Mairead O’Donnell

Sinn Féin east Befast Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on unionist politicians and statutory bodies to show leadership on the real threat to homes posed by a bonfire in the Chobham Street area.

Speaking today Cllr O Donnghaile said:

“The siting of a huge 12th of July Bonfire literally 30 metres from people’s homes is startling.

“The fact that statutory authorities along with community leaders have ceded responsibility to a group of children building this bonfire is unfathomable.

“This bonfire clearly poses a danger to people’s lives, their livelihood and homes.   

“Residents are being failed by the Department Regional Development who own the land, the PSNI and Belfast City Council. 

“Beyond the local danger to people and property there is the huge question of the cost to this bonfire as public finances have to be spent on protecting up to 50 homes and having the Fire Service on standby.

“I understand that some within the unionist community may raise an eyebrow at a Sinn Féin representative saying this about a 11th night bonfire.

“However, in the absence of clear leadership from unionist politicians on the ground I am calling on all those with statutory responsibilities for health and safety to make this hazard safe.”

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