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Call for Unionists to act on Bonfires

11 July, 2007

Sinn Fein's Paul Butler has said that Unionists must do more to discourage eleventh night bonfires. Every year there is a deafening silence from unionists about bonfires and the damage they are causing.

"Over £1 million of taxpayer's money is spent in relation to bonfires every year in emergency call-outs and damage to public property. Yet year in year out both the DUP and UUP turn a blind eye to the wanton destruction theses bonfires cause. This is totally unacceptable ", said Paul Butler.

"I want to see unionists taking a lead on this in their own communities and point those who are involved in bonfires to celebrating the eleventh night with beacons and firework displays in conjunction with cultural and community events.

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