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Minister must explain how housing material ended up at bonfire – McCann

11 July, 2014 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann has called on Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland to explain how building material from a social housing project ended up at a loyalist bonfire site. 

Speaking after roof trusses from a social housing building site appeared at a loyalist bonfire in Lanark Way, the West Belfast MLA said; 

"Nelson McCausland needs to explain how roof trusses from a social housing development have ended up at the site of the loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way. 

"The minister and his colleagues in the Orange Order have said that bonfires are an expression of cultural identity and should be occasions for the whole family. 

"Try explaining that to the families who have been on waiting lists for an eternity or living in temporary accommodation. 

"Families are waiting for these social houses to be built and they would certainly not regard this bonfire, with its associations with hate crimes, as a cultural celebration. 

"To those families, the presence of these trusses at the bonfire site puts back the possibility of having a home. 

"This will undoubtedly delay the building of these much-needed homes in an area of severe housing stress. 

 "Nelson McCausland needs to explain how these trusses ended up on the bonfire site and investigate whether any other material from social housing building projects have been taken." 

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