Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Duffy has strongly criticised a u-turn by Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Council over a dangerous bonfire that is forcing people from their homes.
Cllr Duffy was commenting after senior council officers revealed that an earlier decision to employ contractors to remove materials from the bonfire had now been reversed.
Paul Duffy said: “The decision to pull contractors from removing firewood from the Corcraine bonfire to reduce the risk to life and property is a complete abdication of council’s duty to ratepayers, particularly those living in the two blocks of flats where residents have been told to leave their homes.
“We all have a right to live free from fear and intimidation in our homes but this Council is failing dismally in its duty to protect ratepayers and uphold its legal responsibilities.
“The lack of leadership from within unionism in tackling these bonfires is also telling.
“As a result, residents will tomorrow be faced with a decision to take shelter in a community centre or hostel or risk their lives. That is a shameful indictment on all those involved.”