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Wednesday 19 December 2018

'Grinch' council cancels Christmas tree lighting in capital following complaints

Winter wonderland: Pedestrians walking under the Christmas lights on Dublin’s Grafton Street last night. Picture: Arthur Carron
Winter wonderland: Pedestrians walking under the Christmas lights on Dublin’s Grafton Street last night. Picture: Arthur Carron
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

The cancellation of the traditional Christmas tree light ceremony has seen Dublin City Council labelled the 'Grinch'.

The council agreed for health and safety reasons not to host its hugely popular switch-on event.

Instead, it will do something new in lighting 12 iconic sites throughout the city for 30 days, in an initiative called 'Winter Lights Dublin City'.

But Joerg Steegmueller, owner of Dublin Event Guide, hit out at the controversial decision on social media.

"We already had to learn over the years that Dublin is incapable of organising a Christmas market, but not even being able to run one single central event to 'launch' the Christmas period is quite disappointing."

A council spokesperson told the Irish Independent that it did not want to inconvenience people by asking the Luas cross city line to stop operating to accommodate the ceremony on O'Connell Street.

He also said complaints received about last year's Christmas lights event being unsafe and finishing early promoted them to create 'Winter Lights Dublin City'.

Graeme McQueen, of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, said since organisers weren't able to guarantee people's safety, then it makes sense to do something different.

Irish Independent

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