08 July 2005

Interface bonfire will not be moved


Sinn Féin councillor Carál Ní Chuilín has hit out at the NIO after it failed to broker any kind of bonfire agreement on an interface in Duncairn Gardens.
The bonfire on Adam Street is built beside a steel gateway separating Catholic and Protestant homes on Duncairn Gardens.
It is built beside several businesses including Teletech and the Play Resource Centre, which houses mountains of recycled paper and plastic. The bonfire is also adjacent to the newly refurbished Star Neighbourhood Centre.
On Tuesday NIO staff came and erected steel metal sheets over the gate, so that visibility of the bonfire was cut off.
Councillor for the area, Carál Ní Chuilín, said she had contacted the NIO about the bonfire nine weeks ago and called for it to be moved away from Catholic homes.
“This bonfire poses a danger to not only residents who live in fear at this part of the road most of the year anyway, but also local businesses,” she said.
“I contacted the NIO nine weeks ago and was in contact with staff on a weekly basis about getting this moved somewhere more appropriate in the Tiger’s Bay area. Community workers also contacted them.
“People understand that this is a part of Protestant culture, but it is putting people’s lives in danger, and creating an atmosphere of intimidation and fear.”
A NIO spokesperson was unable to comment.

Journalist:: Áine McEntee

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