Dublin City Council receive over 200 calls in one week with bonfire complaints

Dublin City Council (DCC) has received over 200 calls in one week from people reporting the hoarding of bonfire materials.

Brian Hanney, head of street cleaning at DCC, said: “The last few weeks have been very busy for our clean up crews, especially this week [when] we have received over 200 calls, which is a huge amount.”

Mr Hanney says the number of bonfire hoards DCC have cleared this year has fallen from previous years, but they are still a major issue.

“Every year we spend three quarters of a million euro on the removal of bonfire materials. This is a huge amount and money we would obviously like to spend elsewhere,” he said.

Bonfires, especially in built up urban areas, pose huge environmental and social risk.

Dublin City Council removed approximately 1,500 tyres and 750 tonnes of bonfire material last year.

The area of the city with the most bonfire complaints is the North Central district which includes Coolock, Artane, Drumcondra and Donaghmede.

Second was the South Central district, which contains the Liberties, Kilmainham and Ballyfermot areas of the city.

“This week we confiscated 90 tyres which were part of a bonfire hoard from the South Central area of the city. As you can imagine, burning 90 tyres in a built up residential area could have disastrous consequences,” Mr Hanney explained.

“We have run a number of initiatives and events in communities around the city which will give people a safe, family orientated alternative to unsupervised bonfires.”

Along with the hugely popular Bram Stoker Festival which runs across the city, DCC have a number of smaller, more localised events.

Halloween parades and fireworks displays will take place in communities across the city to offer people a fun, safe alternative to bonfires.

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