Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has called on the Council to ensure that adequate resources are available to deal with damage done to open spaces at Halloween. He raised the matter at the November meeting of the Council and sought a report on recent Bonfire activities. The Council Management responded to Charlie O’Connor with the following report.

The motion is s follows “That this Council calls on the Chief Executive to ensure that adequate resources are made available to deal with damage to our Open Spaces following the recent Bonfire season and in reporting will he give his initial reaction to how the Council responded to that recent challenge and will he make a statement.” South Dublin County Council supplied the necessary report “All available resources have been deployed to remove bonfire materials prior to this Halloween, crews have been assigned to this task as necessary during normal working hours but also at weekends and on the run up to October 31st itself. Early contact was made with the Gardai to ensure that information was exchanged between SDCC and AGS and that assistance was provided as necessary in the effort to locate and remove the threat associated with bonfires and the storage of bonfire materials. At the close of business on Wednesday October 30th the council had received 149 reports of stockpiled bonfire material which had been collected by Public Realm crews. A total of 90 tonnes of material was collected by the Council over the bank holiday weekend with a similar tonnage collected in the week prior to it. These tonnages are currently being updated to include the materials collected on Wednesday and Thursday October 30th and 31st.”