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28 Nov 2021

County Derry bonfire 'an expression of hate' says local MLA

The pyre has been painted green, white and orange.

County Derry bonfire 'an expression of hate' says local MLA

A local MLA has branded a contentious County Derry bonfire as 'an expression of hate'.

Sinn Féin MLA for East Derry, Caoimhe Archibald, has criticised the pyre on the Greystone Road in Limavady and raised concerns about its size and proximity to houses.

"Over the past few weeks myself and my councillor colleagues have raised concerns about the bonfire on the Greystone Road in Limavady," she said.

"We’ve met with the various agencies including the PSNI, council and the Housing Executive, who own the land upon which the bonfire is built every year.

"This year the size and proximity of the bonfire are again causing concern and it is vital that agencies with responsibility step up to protect residents and property.

"The police and the fire brigade must have the resources they require to ensure the safety of residents.

"Protecting lives, property and the environment must be the priority.

"We’ll continue to engage with the police and other agencies over the next number of day."

One local resident told Derry Now the bonfire is leaving the community frightened to use the nearby leisure centre.

"This is a bonfire erected beside Limavady leisure centre," they said.

"It's causing unrest in the area and many people are frightened to use the centre due to the statement being made by the presence of this bonfire.

"We are getting frustrated our voices are not being listened to," they added.

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