Residents can’t open windows due to burning of toxic substances

by Mark O'Brien
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Residents say they can't open windows or hang out clothes because of the burning of toxic substances

Residents living near the Adamstown Link Road have been unable to open their windows or hang out clothes due to the burning of toxic substances near their homes.

The fires are believed to have been lit at lands behind Tullyhall and near Kishogue railway station.

South Dublin County Council have confirmed that they have received numerous calls from local residents expressing their concern about the issue.

Cllr Liona O’Tooole (Ind) told Dublin Gazette she has been inundated with complaints about the fires.

She said: “Someone is constantly burning on the land there.

“It could be vegetation, other times it’s some sort of substance, but the result is some sort of toxic fume which means that residents that live in proximity basically can’t open their windows or leave their clothes out.

“I’m getting complaints on a daily basis.”

Cllr O’Toole added that there was similar burning happening on the 12th Lock, near the grounds of Lucan Sarsfields GAA club.

“I do know that Dublin Fire Brigade have been called out a number of times.

“I’ve emailed the assistant chief fire officer asking to give me a report on any calls that have been made out there.”

Cllr Danny O’Brien (SF) said he has also had numerous reports about the fires from residents.

He said: “I have been in contact with the council about this issue, as have many residents.
“We urgently need to identify the source of this pollutant. This is affecting people in their homes.”

South Dublin County Council have confirmed that they are carrying out investigations into the fires.

A spokesperson for the council said: “To date, action as appropriate has been taken by SDCC under the provisions of Section 14 of the Waste Management Act 1996 -2013 on a landowner in respect of lands at 12th Lock, following which extensive deliberations are ongoing with this landowner and their legal representatives.

“Such engagement included deliberations with other external public bodies/key stakeholders.

“The council is currently preparing for further action as appropriate, in accordance with the Waste Management Act 1996 in respect of the 12th Lock Lands and I can also confirm that today further site investigations are taking place in relation to the incidents on the lands behind Tullyhall.”

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