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Halloween planning raised with Dublin Fire Brigade- Cllr Sarah Holland

22 May, 2015 - by Sarah Holland

Dublin Fire Brigade presented their Annual report to the full council today in South Dublin County Council.

Following the presentation, Cllr Sarah Holland said

“This was a comprehensive and very interesting report, detailing the work that the Dublin Fire Brigade do for our communities.

They attended over 84,000 incidents in Dublin last year, with over 12,000 relating to fires.

One area of ongoing concern for pensioners and pet owners is Halloween.  Cllr Holland said

“I raised the issue of Halloween, and the spike in anti-social behaviour at this time.

Badly built bonfires and public drinking are a plague at this time of year.

I had a motion at this month’s area committee on the same issue, asking for some forward thinking, planning and a solutions based approach.

I have suggested sanctioned, official small scale community festivals with safely built bonfires, well away from the houses.

Halloween should be reclaimed as a family event.

I would love to see a series of alternative events or festivals such as spook walks, outdoor movies or fireworks displays.

The council responded that they always engage in a collaborative, countrywide approach and meetings have already begun.

I look forward to ongoing co-operation between all the relevant authorities, including Dublin Fire Brigade.”

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