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Halloween clean-up in capital to cost €1m

Michael McHale

Published 01/11/2010 | 05:00

A father and his child in fancy dress watch a bonfire in Whitechurch Green in Ballyboden, Dublin, last night
A father and his child in fancy dress watch a bonfire in Whitechurch Green in Ballyboden, Dublin, last night
This ghoulish figure was among the ghosts and spirits who performed last night in an eerie walking tour of Waterford City presented by Ballybricken Heritage and Arts Programme in association with Spraoi

Local authorities across the country will today wake up to a major headache as the annual post-Halloween clean-up gets under way.

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Councils will spend millions on tidying up the mess left by bonfires and acts of vandalism.

Traditionally among the wildest nights of the year, Halloween 2010 left fire and emergency services battling to keep up with call-outs.

A Dublin city council spokeswoman estimated the total cost of the chaos across the capital last night at €1m.

This figure includes the cost of dispatching emergency personnel, and the additional expense of council workers cleaning up burnt out bonfires.

Meanwhile, the fire services' eastern regional headquarters in the city estimated call-outs would be higher than the 1,100 incidents fire fighters had to contend with this time last year.

Double the usual number of staff was on call in the 14 stations across Dublin for the busiest night of the year.

Ambulances were also on high alert around the country as reports of accidents from the use of fireworks were rushing through the emergency lines.

"There is an aspect of anti-social behaviour," Dublin fire brigade district officer Mario Ledola said.

"Only last week we had a windscreen in a fire engine smashed.

"This is totally unacceptable behaviour and it's quite dangerous."

Irish Independent

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