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Sinn Féin lobbying for support for Belfast bonfire motion – Hargey

1 August, 2017 - by Deirdre Hargey

Belfast city councillor Deirdre Hargey said today that Sinn Féin has been engaging with other parties to garner support for a motion to enable council officers to remove bonfire materials from council and other sites.

Deirdre Hargey said:

“Sinn Féin has been meeting with other parties in advance of tomorrow night’s special council meeting in Belfast City Hall on bonfires.

“We called this special council meeting to allow for a vote to permit the council to move forward with the removal of materials from rogue bonfire sites.

“Some bonfires pose a threat to life and property and cause appalling damage to the environment.

“They are a blight on communities, have become associated with anti-social behaviour, sectarian and racist hate crimes and the burning of stolen property.

“The ratepayers of this city have to foot the cost of this year in and year out despite many of these bonfires being built against the wishes of local communities.

“The law is being broken and flouted and it is Sinn Féin’s view that council has a duty to act and deal with unacceptable rogue bonfires.”

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