8/09/2005

Bonfires not wanted - SF

Good to see that Sinn Féin MLAs are doing their best to deal with the issues of bonfires in West Belfast. Sinn Féin representatives are trying to get the DRD to remove the wood which had been gathered as they feel that if it is burnt, this will have a negative impact on the community in terms of damage to the area and also the possibility of an unsavoury element using this occassion to make trouble.

I feel that Sinn Féin have taken the right course of action here. Although the tradition of lighting bonfires in Nationalist areas arose out of a feeling of rightful defiance against internment, bonfires no longer solve any positive purpose. They are an eyesore and should be stopped.

If only Unionist politicans would take a similar responsible attitude in July.

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