Belfast City Council to discuss bonfire motion

Belfast City Council will hold a special meeting tonight at 6:30pm to discuss a motion on bonfires brought by Sinn Fein.

The text of the motion is as follows;

“This Council is opposed to rogue bonfires where they present a threat to life, to property, to the environment, where they cause damage to public amenities and where they facilitate hate crime activities.

“On the basis of these concerns this Council gives permission to our Council officers to remove bonfire materials or employ contractors to facilitate the removal of bonfire materials from Council sites and other sites which belong to Statutory Agencies and those which are in private ownership.

Speaking about the motion the group leader, Jim McVeigh said;

We have consulted with other parties in City Hall for tonight’s special council meeting on a motion which will enable council officers to remove bonfire materials from council and other sites.

“We worked to achieve a consensus during this engagement to permit the council to move forward with the removal of materials from the site of rogue bonfires.

“Sinn Féin is opposed to rogue bonfires where they present a threat to life, to property, to the environment, where they cause damage to public amenities and where they facilitate hate crime activities.

The motion should get required support to pass.

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs