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Regulation: Bonfires remain a controversial issue in Northern Ireland

Regulation: Bonfires remain a controversial issue in Northern Ireland

Regulation: Bonfires remain a controversial issue in Northern Ireland

There was an inevitability about the defeat of the recent motion to regulate bonfires sited on Belfast City Council property, whenever the Alliance Party indicated that they would vote against the Sinn Fein proposed motion at the monthly council meeting.

The motion was ultimately defeated, being supported by only the SDLP and Sinn Fein. Without the 10 Alliance members’ support, the motion was doomed to failure, as the unionist parties on the council were adamantly opposed to regulation of any type being applied to traditional bonfires.

There are arguments against the merits of this motion on the grounds that it was unenforceable, and not very practical, because it demanded risk assessment by the fire service and the PSNI.


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