Local politicians condemn “anti-republican” Newry bonfires

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Thursday, August 9th, 2018
Community, Politics

Local politicians have condemned the erecting of sectarian signage on bonfires in Newry.

Speaking to Newry Times, Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady said, “Such actions are hate crimes and have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with republicanism or the legacy of internment.



“It is anti-republican and does not celebrate any aspect of Irish national identity or cultural traditions.

“Throughout the North, Sinn Féin has been working with communities to provide positive alternatives to bonfires and the number of them has been greatly reduced as a result.

“The kind of mindless, hate-filled displays on the Newry bonfire is further evidence of the need to continue that work,” he added.



SDLP MLA Justin McNulty also condemned the actions of local bonfire builders. “Those responsible should be ashamed of themselves. In 2018 there can be no tolerance for such hate in our society.

“The SDLP’s message is clear, these actions do not reflect the true meaning of what it means to be an Irish Republican, and I hope they are widely condemned,” he added.



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