Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that traditional bonfires such as the ones we see at Halloween should be eliminated.
While addressing the Dáil on the matter, Martin said that traditional bonfires are out of date and a threat to the environment.
Martin was responding to a question in regards to anti-social behaviour around Halloween and how it was increasing.
Denouncing the annual trend, the Taoiseach has called for a re-think on traditional bonfires while stating, “I would like to think we’ve moved on from that, because they’re just pollutants”.
Encouraging the elimination of bonfires, Martin talked about how he participated in bonfires himself when he was younger, “I was in my local primary school recently and was shown photographs of a bonfire up the road from where I lived.”
“We thought we were the bee’s knees, but when I think of all those black tyres that we burned, when we were sitting around thinking this is great, it was pollution.”
TD Sean Haughey stated that anti-social activity during Halloween is leading to widespread destruction and it’s causing increasing call-outs for the Fire Brigade.
Both Martin and Haughey welcomed Operation Tombola by An Garda Síochána, which is aimed at controlling the sale and distribution of illegal fireworks.
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