Surge in firework use leaves Clondalkin in ‘state of lawlessness’

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A been a drastic surge in the illegal use of fireworks in Clondalkin has left the area “in a state of lawlessness”.

Anti-social behaviour has been on the rise in the area ever since the Covid restrictions eased, with locals feeling abandoned by government due to the lack or urgency in tackling the issue.

Gardai run Operation Tombola to deal with illegal use of fireworks and anti-social behaviour every year on the run up to Halloween.

But Dublin MidWest TD, Mark Ward is furious that the operation is starting a month later this year compared to 2020.

The Sinn Fein TD has accused the Government of abandoning the Dublin communities ahead of Halloween.

Deputy Ward said: “This misuse of fireworks has again been plaguing our communities this year. People in our community feel abandoned by the Government as a lack of visible policing is leading to a state of lawlessness.

“I have seen over the last month a rise in anti-social behaviour incidents and the illegal use of fireworks in my own area.

“The gardai run Operation Tombola each year on the run up to Halloween to deal with illegal use of fireworks and anti-social behaviour.

“Last year after intense pressure from Sinn Fein, Operation Tombola was brought forward by a month to begin on 4 September.

“During a debate I had last year with the Minister for Justice she conceded that there may be a need to start Operation Tombola even earlier.

“I was very angered to find out during a recent meeting I attended of the Joint Policing Committee in South Dublin County Council that Operation Tombola has not even commenced yet and is not due to commence until October 1.

“So instead of bringing Operation Tombola forward it is now starting over a month later than last year. This is simply not good enough and has left our communities feeling abandoned.”



A garda spokeswoman previously warned that fireworks are illegal and can cause terrible injuries, such as burns, loss of limbs and serious eye injuries.

She told Dublin Live: “Apart from the risk of injury, fireworks can cause great distress and annoyance to elderly residents.

“They can set off intruder alarms, causing unnecessary extra demands on Garda resources.

“They can also cause great distress to family pets and animals.

“Finally, there always the possibility of outbreaks of fire in property if fireworks such as ‘rockets’ continue to burn after landing.”

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