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Adrian Kelly, Clare chief fire officer.

€11,500 to deal with Hallowe’en bonfires

It cost an estimated €11,500 for Clare Fire Service to attend 10 bonfire incidents over Hallowe’en.

Neverthless, the chief fire officer for Clare, Adrian Kelly said compliance across the county was “generally excellent”. The fire service was called to the 10 incidents between Thursday and Saturday last.

Mr Kelly has expressed his gratitude to people for heeding the fire service’s appeal not to use the Halloween period to illegally dispose of waste material on bonfires.

“Halloween is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the Fire Service and responding to bonfire call outs creates a strain on existing resources. Most of the bonfires we attended over the weekend were constructed close to houses and other property, which consequently presented risks to personal safety and property.”

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