Farmers among those told to 'act responsibly' following spate of gorse fires
Farmers have been urged to act responsibly following a number of gorse fires in the Dublin Mountains recently.
Fine Gael Senator, Neale Richmond said last Friday evening a large gorse fire broke out on a hillside in Carrickmines, very close to the M50 motorway in south County Dublin.
"The fire raged for an extended period before it was brought under control by a number of fire engines from the Dublin fire brigade."
Richmond said this was the second fire in recent weeks. "The recent fires in this part of south Co Dublin have understandably caused serious concern among local residents.
"The damage done to the hillside by these fires is obvious but the secondary disturbances are even more telling.
"At rush hour last Friday evening, traffic was seriously impacted on the M50 and other surrounding roads due to the distracting nature of the fire and the measures being taken to extinguish it, but also by the impact on driver visibility due to the plumes of smoke emitting from the fire.
"Needless to say, a number of local residents contacted me, severely perturbed by the sight of yet another fire so close to their homes.
"The threat of the fire spreading was quite real for some, while the damaging impact of the smoke was also quite apparent," he said.