Dublin bonfire stockpiles to be targeted

South Dublin Council to be ’vigilant’ after previous experience of attacks on gardai

A campaign to reduce the availability of old pallets, furniture and tyres in advance of Halloween is to get underway in south Dublin.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A campaign to reduce the availability of old pallets, furniture and tyres in advance of Halloween is to get underway in south Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mon, Sep 9, 2013, 21:49

A campaign to reduce the availability of old pallets, furniture and tyres in advance of Halloween is to get underway in south Dublin.

The campaign follows previous years’ experience of large bonfires and vandalism which included attacks on gardaí and fire officers.

The campaign, by South Dublin County Council, will also involve a “bulbs instead of bonfires” initiative to encourage schools and communities to plant green areas during October, for spring flowers.

Under the “Safe Halloween” plan, areas where material for bonfires is traditionally stockpiled will be targeted by the council’s waste and litter- enforcement section. The council said its officials would be “vigilant” in seeking out stockpiles of material in advance of Halloween. At the September monthly meeting tonight, members were told the aim would be to “reduce injuries, environmental damage and the cost associated with this time of year”. TIM O’BRIEN