€43,000 spent during the Halloween period

By Maurice Garvey

BONFIRE material raids were carried out by gardai in Ballyfermot and Crumlin in the lead up to Halloween.

Dublin City Council said increased resources and planning, played a big part in helping to ensure the holiday passed off reasonably incident free.

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DCC spent over €43,000 on Halloween operation

DCC spent over €43,000 on Halloween operations in Dublin South Central for 2018.

Meetings first took place in September to plan ahead and mitigate potential problems - the early retrieval of bonfire material plays a key part in that strategy.

Intelligence based operations and drone technology was used to detect stockpiling in vacant sites, lane ways, open public spaces, and green spaces.

DCC estimate 3,500 pallets were removed between October 27-29 alone, with up to 175 tonnes of bonfire material retrieved from the South Central area.

Up to 190 tonnes of bonfire material was disposed of at the Thornton’s facility on the Killeen Road.

Ballyfermot and Crumlin gardai were in attendance at locations where there was a risk of serious anti social behavior - providing invaluable support for public domain staff and contractors.

Money spent on Halloween 2018 in the South Central area includes truck hire and labour (€24,500), overtime (€15,000), Thornton’s disposal of bonfire material (€9,800), and drone surveillance (€1,845).

The local authority also delivered leaflets to householders across the area, providing information on bonfire stockpiling and the Litter Act coupled with advertising of family events across the city.

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