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Unionist 'call-in' puts lives and property at risk – Hargey

3 August, 2017 - by Deirdre Hargey

Councillor Deirdre Hargey said tonight that a decision by unionist councillors to ‘call in’ a motion passed last night on bonfires at a special meeting of Belfast city council puts the lives of citizens and property at risk.

Deirdre Hargey said:

“Last night the council voted in support of a Sinn Féin motion in opposition to rogue bonfires which present a threat to life and property and to the environment.

“We are opposed to bonfires, which cause damage to homes and public amenities and which have been used to promote hate crime.

“Ironically unionist councillors are using a legal device to try to prevent the council being able to remove bonfires from sites which present a risk to residents and property.

“This despite environmental laws, laws on trespass, on criminal damage and hate crimes being broken and flouted at rogue bonfire sites again and again. 

“Belfast City Council and other statutory agencies have a responsibility to ensure that residents who live close to these bonfires are protected. They have a right to feel safe in their own homes, free from harassment and intimidation and free from displays of racism, sectarianism and homophobia.

“It seems that the rights and entitlements of those at risk from rogue bonfires matter little to the unionist parties on the city council while they indulge wholesale lawlessness of those involved in building rogue bonfires.” 

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