Posted By: July 07, 2018

Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus

It is difficult to see what this Orange madness has to do with “culture.” It seems to have more to do with the “marking of territory”— with  Orange threats, supremacy, and domination. 
Bonfire crackdown Materials will be removed from pyre built near homes.

Allison Morris. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, July 7, 2018
CONTRACTORS are expected to move in this weekend to remove materials from a controversial bonfire built close to homes in east Belfast.

Belfast City Council officials are due to meet today to finalize plans to dramatically reduce the size of the towering Bloomfield Walkway bonfire.

Contractors, with police protection, will move in to remove wood from the pyre which is twice the size loyalists had been advised to build.

Last July, days before loyalist bonfires were due to be lit; the council was granted a High Court injunction preventing material being added to four sites in east Belfast.

The pyre near Newtownards Road was at the center of controversy last year after it emerged that the council had stored pallets for bonfire builders who were due to be used on the pyre.

Residents in the area have been voicing concerns over the safety of their homes due to the size of the fire, which is less than 20 meters from some properties.

Mediators have been working with bonfire builders and negotiated the removal of some material last weekend. However, earlier this week more wood was added.

The Irish News understands the Department for Infrastructure will take the lead in the initiative to remove the wood.

Materials are expected to be removed by a contractor hired from outside Northern Ireland assisted by the PSNI’s specialist Tactical Support Group.

Mid Ulster District Council, meanwhile, is coming under pressure to remove bonfire material dumped by loyalists on several sites it owns.

Bonfire builders have ignored council requests to join a voluntary pilot programme ahead of plans to introduce a licensing scheme for next year. Earlier this year unionists reacted angrily after the nationalist-controlled authority passed the plans.

The blueprint, which is out to consultation, would see bonfires strictly regulated when built on council property and would ban the placing of flags and effigies on pyres.

A council spokeswoman said any group using its property is required to have public liability insurance but said none had been provided to date.

Nationalists have called for the wood to be removed, saying its presence is nothing more than “fly-tipping.”

Unionists, however, have said work is going “on behind the scenes” and statements from nationalist councilors “do nothing to help the