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Sunday 20 April 2014

Council faces €1m clean-up bill after Halloween horror

CASH-strapped councils will spend the rest of the week cleaning up tonnes of debris after another Halloween of destruction and vandalism.

Dublin City Council has revealed it faces a €1m bill to clear away debris and re-instate open spaces left marred by unauthorised bonfires.

Fingal County Council will also be deploying clean-up crews for the rest of the week to clear away old refrigerators, washing machines, tyres and wooden pallets that were used to fuel illegal bonfires.

Elsewhere, gardai turned out in force to control disturbances outside a Dublin pub, drawing batons to keep control.

There were about 300 fires in the area last year -- but council officials said the number of bonfires was down this year.

But it won't be until the end of the week before councils across Ireland will be able to gauge the amount of waste material collected from green spaces and public areas across the capital following Halloween celebrations.

Dublin City Council alone collected hundreds of tonnes of bonfire material from flashpoints across the city prior to the Halloween weekend.

In Dublin alone, emergency services were called out to 632 incidents between 4pm on Saturday and 8am yesterday, down from 871 call-outs last year.

One Dublin Fire Brigade engine had its windscreen smashed by vandals in the Finglas area of Dublin city on Sunday afternoon.

Fire crews were also pelted with stones and other projectiles in various flashpoints around the city, including inner city Dublin, Tallaght and Dolphin's Barn and Darndale.

Garda riot squads were dispatched to the Sheriff Street area of Dublin around midnight on Sunday to quell a mob of drunken youths who were lobbing lit fireworks at passing cars at a massive illegal bonfire in the residential area.

Brawl

Gardai were also called out to a street brawl that broke out outside a pub on Barry Road in Finglas around 11pm on Sunday.

But unlike previous years, no firefighters were injured on what is traditionally the busiest night of the year for emergency service personnel.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was also happy to report that it did not receive any reports of animals being abused over the weekend.

However, one man was left fighting for his life following an assault in the early hours of Sunday morning in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

The man suffered serious head injuries following the attack by up to six men.

He was among three men who were attacked on Strandhouse Road at approximately 3:20am.

Gardai in Navan, Co Meath, were also assaulted with flares and fireworks thrown at them by youths.

Irish Independent

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