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Council decision to pull children's Bonfire party funding a disgrace: MLA

Belfast City Council says the funding is “being withheld"

By Jonathan Bell

A Belfast MLA has branded a council decision to pull funding for a children's party at a Eleventh Night bonfire a "disgrace".

In a Facebook post organisers of the Roden Street bonfire - which have boasted that the pyre is the biggest in the city - said Belfast City Council pulled funding because the bonfire was "too big".

They branded the decision a joke saying it was "not fair" the children had to suffer.

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South Belfast MLA Christopher Stalford, whose constituency office is in the area, said he would be contacting the council for an explanation adding the decision was unfair.

"It is a scandal that it should have had the funding pulled. I will do all I can to get this disgraceful decision reversed," he said in a Facebook post.

A Belfast City Council spokeswoman has confirmed the funding is “currently being withheld” and that the council  is “awaiting further discussion with elected members”.

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