Thousands of euro damage as thugs torch school build
A fire started in the grounds of a west Dublin school caused thousands of euro worth of damage.
The blaze, at Ladyswell National School in Mulhuddart, destroyed two bales of insulation as well as causing damage to scaffolding erected where part of a new building is being put up.
Dublin Fire Brigade sent two units from Blanchardstown and Phibsboro stations to the school, where they found a stockpile of pallets for a bonfire in flames on Wednesday night.
The brigade has been dealing with an increase in these types of fires in recent days as youths gathered material for illegal bonfires.
Earlier this week, a similar fire near Harold's Cross resulted in road closures while the blaze was being fought.
Part of a building had to be demolished after that fire to make the scene safe.
On Wednesday night, Dublin Fire Brigade said that from midnight on Tuesday they had been called to 43 bonfires in the Dublin area.
Some of them were flaming stockpiles while others were pre-Halloween bonfires, a spokesperson said.
Video footage of the fire in Ladyswell shows flames leaping high into the air. It was started beside school prefabs but was quickly brought under control by the fire brigade.
"We haven't had any trouble at the site before, only this week when the mid-term started," said one construction worker.
"The site is sealed and locked at night, but they somehow got in and started the fire. There's a couple of thousand euro worth of damage."
Local councillor Paul Donnelly urged people to report any sightings of stockpiled bonfire material.
"It's important to report it so that it doesn't become a hazard," he said.
"Report it to the council or gardai, and don't put stuff out for bonfires.
"I'm just relieved that no damage was caused to the new school being built.
"We've waited years to have the new school started to replace the old prefabs."