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24/10/2021

Councillor excoriates people in Carlow who use bonfires to burn couches and mattresses

There were also calls for the local auhtority to run its own bonfire next year

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A councillor has excoriated people in Carlow who use bonfires around Halloween to burn couches and mattresses as he calls for the local authority to run their own bonfire next year due to issues over the illegal fires. 

Read also: 'Very busy period' for Carlow Fire Service as calls up 144% over the last ten months

Cllr Fergal Browne raised the issue at this month's meeting of Carlow County Council where he asked if the local authority should move to the stage were "we control bonfires" with some people using them as a means to burn couches and other items. 

"It's unacceptable. It's outrageous," he added. 

Cllr Browne proposed that the Council try and get "ahead of the curve" and run their own bonfire as fire services being called to illegal bonfires are being "stoned and attacked". 

Director of Services at the Council, Dan McInerney, said they had linked in with residents' association in the Carlow area over the last five years to make sure bonfires were supervised. 

However the Council organising its own bonfires was a bridge too far. 

"It's too much to expect the Council to actually organise them. There would be huge staffing issues required for that," said Mr McInerney. 

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