A local TD has welcomed the decision by the Gardai to triple the number of officers on duty for Halloween night this year.
Dublin South West and Fianna Fail TD John Lahart had raised the issue with the Chief Superintendent at the most recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee of the council in September.
“I raised the issue of policing because it had been well flagged to me by local residents following the events of bonfire night in 2016 and at public meetings,” Deputy Lahart said.
“The Garda had committed to be well-prepared to deal with anti-social behaviour that might arise this year.
“I wanted to ensure that they were following through on that commitment.”
Chief Superintendent Peter Duff, who is also the Co-Ordinating Garda Officer for the Dublin Region on Bonfire Night, stated that Garda numbers would be approximately trebled for bonfire night to ensure that it is a night that the whole community can enjoy.
The Director of Community Services for the Council, Billy Coman, also said at the meeting that as Halloween isn’t falling on a weekend night, that council staff would be available in the days leading up to and on the day itself to ensure removal of illegal bonfire material.
“Hopefully this will see an end to some of the outrageous behaviour that took place last year around Halloween,” Deputy Lahart added.
This year, to raise awareness and encourage our citizens to stay safe, SDCC has published a colourful information leaflet providing facts and tips on how to stay safe at Halloween.
The leaflet also contains details of the various family events hosted by South Dublin County Council’s Libraries.
Members of the public can also find information on incentives offered by the Council to avoid damage to community open spaces as a result of illegal bonfires. “Bulbs Not Bonfires” is a reward available through the Council’s innovative Social Credits Scheme.