Thorough investigation needed into council's storage of bonfire materials - McVeigh
Sinn Féin Councillor Jim McVeigh has commented after this morning's Belfast City Council Strategic Policy and Resources Committee meeting on facilitation by council of illegal bonfires.
Councillor McVeigh said:
"The removal of illegal bonfire material which was being stored on council land actually took place in the early hours of Thursday 22nd June.
"This information was withheld from Sinn Féin during discussions with council officials on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd June.
"This came on top of repeated instances of information relating to the council’s conduct on bonfires being withheld from Sinn Féin.
"Sinn Féin called for a number of actions to be taken on this issue.
"A decision was then taken at the Strategic Policy and Resources committee meeting this morning that the council’s Chief Executive will head an investigation into this entire scandal with an independent element included.
"A decision was also taken that any remaining bonfire material being held by Belfast City Council will not be returned and, importantly, that the storing of material for bonfires will never happen again.
"This is a disgraceful episode, which will need thoroughly investigated.
"The ratepayers and citizens of Belfast deserve no less than the highest standards from their council and on this occasion clearly those standards have not been met.
"Sinn Féin will be monitoring the investigation closely."