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Strike while the iron is hot to resolve bonfire issues – Chivers

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Sinn Féin councillor Brenda Chivers questions council officals on this years bonfires.

Cllr. Chivers said “on Tuesday night I asked officals for more information regarding 11th night bonfires. I was told 25 officals complaints were lodged with the council, 29 took place across the borough with 8 on council property.”

“Some of my fellow councillors questioned the timing of these questions but as I have said before, the same problems arrive every year and I am keen to strike while the iron is still hot and get a plan into action for next year. There was also cries of sectarianism and attacking orange culture, I would like to remind those councillors that myself and Sinn Féin colleagues condemn illegal bonfires of all types and remove materials from bonfires in Nationalist communities in many cases because they do not represent the opinions of the majority of people in those areas.”

She added “We need to bring all the responsible bodies together to effectivly deal with this situation once and for all, local tyre companies also need to be consulted as their concerns should also be heard. It is unacceptable that the majority of the population who want nothing to do with these bonfires have their rights and health respected.”

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