Sunday, July 10, 2022

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Contacts in Larne let me know there had been a serious incident at a bonfire site in Antiville.

It then became clear a man had lost his life. Thoughts are with John Steele’s grieving family.

I spoke to East Antrim Alliance MLA Danny Donnelly and DUP MP Sammy Wilson.

This morning the PSNI confirmed a man in his 30s had died.

No-one with any decency will take pleasure from a tragedy. Some of the online posts about this death have been a disgrace.

However there are conversations to be had in the days ahead about the very valid concerns around bonfires being health and safety hazards and the fact they are unregulated.

Indeed, I, among others, had last raised the need for safety, on Friday.

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