Cheevers raises concerns over illegal bonfires in east side of city

Councillor calls for co-ordinated approach and tougher penalties after three bonfires in seven days

The gardaí and the Galway City Council must take a "serious" and "coordinated approach" to stop tackling the illegal bonfires which have occurred on the east side of the city in recent weeks.

This is the view of Fianna Fáil Galway City East councillor, Alan Cheevers, who has also called for a task force to be established to tackle anti-social behaviour in general. He was speaking following the lighting of a third bonfire over the last seven days. The bonfire was lit after midnight and required the Fire Services to put it out.

"It's not acceptable that residents and communities are put in danger, especially in these times where many people are already feeling anxiety," he said. "It is time we saw a more serious approach on this issue. We need more prosecutions and culprits being held to account."

Cllr Cheevers said he will raise the issue with Chief Superintendent Tom Curley. He also made a call for legislation that would see call out charges for fire service become part of a fine for prosecutions, if culprits are found to be lighting bonfires.


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