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Sunday 20 May 2018

'It's like a bombsite', says councillor of Halloween mess branded 'worst ever'

The remains of a Halloween Bonfire including bags of domestic refuse at Kilmartin Park, Tallaght
The remains of a Halloween Bonfire including bags of domestic refuse at Kilmartin Park, Tallaght

A massive clean-up of more than 300 sites across south Dublin is set to take up to a month - with locals saying the destruction following Halloween is the "worst ever".

It is understood that, such is the carnage left from bonfires around the Tallaght area, that for it to return to normal it is expected to take council workers up to four weeks of cleaning for the area to return to normal.

Photos taken by the Herald show areas such as Kilmartin and Rossfield as particularly bad following Halloween bonfires.

Dumped

Large objects such as electrical appliances, along with children's swing sets, were among those that were dumped onto the bonfire but were still intact.

Pictured nosing around the debris of one particular bonfire were two dogs side by side.

The rubbish was not confined to bonfire sites, with locals furious over the waste that was left lying around the roads and green areas of Tallaght.

Other areas saw bonfires that had not been lit full of bin bags of household waste.

Local councillor for the area Louise Dunne told the Herald a lack of council resources contributed to the mess left over.

Ms Dunne said that she will be calling for more resources to be made available for Halloween 2018. "The place is literally like a bombsite at the moment," Ms Dunne said.

Minority

The remains of Bonfires, including Domestic Waste at Rossfield Park, Tallaght yesterday
The remains of Bonfires, including Domestic Waste at Rossfield Park, Tallaght yesterday

"It's the worst that I've ever seen it. It's shocking and just so disheartening.

"You just have a minority of people that simply don't give a damn about their area," she added.

"When I'm coming home from work I'm just speechless, I really don't know what else to say about it."

Ms Dunne said the widespread mess began in the weeks leading up to Halloween.

The councillor said that a number of her constituents got in touch because they could not leave their estates due to the build-up of bonfire materials and rubbish.

Across the capital, Dublin Fire Brigade responded to more than 1,100 calls on Halloween.

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