Monday 18 December 2017

More than 100 bonfire stockpiles are raided in Halloween crackdown

Gardai at the scene of a recent fire in a building on Aungier Street
Gardai at the scene of a recent fire in a building on Aungier Street

More than 100 bonfire stockpiles in the city have been raided ahead of Halloween.

Residents have been urged to report stockpiled material to the city council in a bid to clamp down on illegal bonfires over the weekend.

"Dublin City Council has responded to more than 100 reports of stockpiling and has removed a large quantity of material," said a spokeswoman for the council.


"These include over 500 tyres that otherwise would have been burnt on illegal bonfires.

"We are working in close cooperation with communities and gardai throughout the city to remove reported materials as quickly as possible."

Dublin Fire Brigade has been running a fire safety campaign in the run up to the festivities, visiting schools throughout the city to promote their message ahead of the weekend.

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr is urging people to participate in alternative events this weekend.

"The council's coordinated Halloween Response means people have the opportunity to enjoy Halloween safely at one of the many festivals that are organised in local communities.

"Bonfires are not only illegal, they are extremely dangerous and can cause injuries and damage.

"I am asking all citizens to report any issues regarding the storage or distribution of bonfire material," he added.

A serious fire believed to have been caused by bonfire stockpiles broke out in a building on Aungier Street on the southside earlier this month.

The fire broke out at 12.50pm in an industrial unit near York Street.

Four Dublin Fire Brigade tenders dealt with the blaze.

It is believed the fire was caused by a collection of burning materials that had been gathered ahead of Halloween.


Citizens can report bonfire stockpiles online and over the phone.

Dublin City Council is arranging a number of neighbourhood events around the city including a Halloween Fireworks Display in Donaghmede Park.

There is also the Otherworld Festival in Ballymun and the Finglas Frightfest running over the Bank Holiday.

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