Saturday 24 August 2019

Hallowe'en anti-social behaviour 'out of control' as fire service responds to more than 1,000 calls in the capital

20ft bonfire on Railway Street, Dublin 1. Photo: Laura Lynott
20ft bonfire on Railway Street, Dublin 1. Photo: Laura Lynott
The bonfires on Halloween in Darndale on Dublin's north side. Picture: Arthur Carron Newdesk

A Dublin TD has said the levels of anti-social behaviour were "out of control" in Dublin this Hallowe'en.

Fine Gael Deputy for Dublin North West, Noel Rock, said he received a record number of complaints from constituents this year.

“It is quite clear that something is amiss this year in relation to the deterrence of using illegal fireworks and bangers," he said.

“I’ve never had as many complaints in any year as I did last night in relation to fireworks, bangers, antisocial behaviour and dumped materials.

“Fire brigade officials confirmed to me that this was a busier year in their experience than any of the last five.

“According to the Dublin Fire Brigade, they received a massive 1,100 calls yesterday, 70pc of which were due to Halloween."

The politician also slammed reports that officers were attacked while responding to calls as "unacceptable".

Frontline workers remain under pressure today as they report to call outs.

A DFB spokesman told that they were called to a blaze at St Mary's Garden flats on Donore Avenue in Dublin this afternoon.

He said: "We were alerted about the fire at around 1.40pm, it was a three pump fire and a an officer and special unit attended the scene.

The blaze at St. Teresa's Gardens flats
The blaze at St. Teresa's Gardens flats

"The fire was at a derelict house and as far as we are aware there are no reported injuries."

He added that today has been "very busy" for DFB.

Dublin Bus  was also forced to withdraw services from some areas due to anti-social behaviour.

The fire at St. Teresa's Gardens flats

The 79 and 79A route last night because of anti-social behaviour in Cherry Orchard in west Dublin.

The fire service in Dublin dealt with about 200 fire call-outs between 4pm and 9pm alone.

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