Motion to establish Firework task force supported by DCC

by Rachel Darcy

Dublin City Council have supported an Emergency Motion to establish a task force to tackle fireworks in the city.

This comes as residents of the capital have been plagued with the sound of fireworks being let off across the city for weeks ahead of the Halloween season.

In particular, the emergency motion references the use of fireworks to commit acts of assault on individuals, and the intimidation of older and vulnerable people.

Put forward by Sinn Fein, the emergency motion calls on An Garda Siochana to use all powers at their disposal to tackle fireworks, and for the establishment of a joint task force with Gardai, city councillors and city officials.

The motion also asks for the Garda Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for the Dublin region to release adequate resources, such as overtime, to allow Gardai respond swiftly to calls regarding fireworks as Halloween approaches.

The motion was passed unanimously at a meeting on Monday evening, which was welcomed by councillor Daithi Doolan (SF).

Sinn Féin Councillor Doolan said: “I am delighted that Sinn Féin’s motion received unanimous support. It sends out a clear message that time is up for those involved in buying, selling or distributing fireworks.

“Communities across Dublin have been terrorised by fireworks since August. This is totally unacceptable and immediate action must be taken.

“We tabled the Emergency Motion in an attempt to force a coordinated response to this terror. We need Dublin City Council, Gardaí and youth services all working together to end the nightly fear from fireworks.

“The Gardaí need to be properly resourced ro respond swiftly, using all powers available to them. Too many calls from the public are met with apologies that the Gardaí have no personnel or no cars available. This is unacceptable.

“Gardaí can not protect our elderly and vulnerable on the cheap.”

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