Sinn Fein Councillor calls for removal of ‘nationalist symbols’ from Cookstown bonfire

The bonfire at Monrush.INMM2914-348
The bonfire at Monrush.INMM2914-348

A Cookstown Sinn Fein councillor has called on Unionist councillors to come together and have nationalist symbols and Sinn Fein election posters removed from an 11th night bonfire in Cookstown.

Cllr John McNamee expressed his disappointment that the bonfire in Monrush, Cookstown has a number of ‘nationalist symbols’ placed on it including GAA flags, Sinn Fein and SDLP election posters.

Mr McNamee told the MAIL: “I condemn the election posters and other nationalist symbols which have been placed on bonfire in Monrush.

“The ritualistic burning of everything nationalist, Irish and Catholic on bonfires is nothing more than extreme acts of bigotry and hatred.

He continued: “I reported to police in early May that Sinn Fein election posters were being removed in the town and I have contacted police again today (Friday) regarding the posters being placed on the bonfire.

“I am calling on Unionist councillors to come together and have the posters and symbols of nationalism removed.”

A police spokesperson said: “Police received a report at approximately 10.50am on Friday 11 July of a number of election posters on a bonfire in the Monrush area of Cookstown. Enquiries are continuing.”