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Short Strand community firmly opposed to bonfires

8 August, 2015 - by Mairead O’Donnell

Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has said those responsible for the illegal dumping of bonfire material in Short Strand must be held to account.

Speaking this morning Cllr. Ó Donnghaile said;

 "The Short Strand community, like progressive republican areas across Belfast, moved away from August Bonfires many years ago. Those determined to bring antisocial activity to the homes of our neighbours neither respect, understand or even care about the anniversary of internment and the massive impact it had on the people of this area. 

 “The aim of those behind this bonfire, as has been shown in recent years, is to bring death-driving, underage drinking and anti-community activity to the heart of this small area. Already we have seen graffiti painted on the newly refurbished shop fronts close to this bonfire; this in itself indicates the mindset of those responsible. 

 “I would call on parents to ensure their children stay away from this bonfire and I will be liaising with the both PSNI and Belfast City Council to ensure appropriate action is taken against those responsible for this unwanted bonfire. All of us must immediately begin the work of ensuring this unwanted bonfire isn't inflicted on our community again." 

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