Toxic materials removed from Brownstown bonfire

all toxic materials were removed from a massive bonfire before it was lit at Brownstown on The Curragh for Hallowe’en.

all toxic materials were removed from a massive bonfire before it was lit at Brownstown on The Curragh for Hallowe’en.

Gardai in Newbridge were alerted and monitored the bonfire which took shape over the few days prior to Hallowe’en night with many household items that even included an old sofa.

A concerned resident of the area who wished to remain nameless said he was told by Kildare County Council when he reported the bonfire stack that it was not their responsibilty.

“At the moment we do not have the resources to go out and remove bonfires,” said KCC spokesperson Annette Aspell.

“If it becomes very dangerous then residents should call the gardai. It is illegal and we expect people to be responsible.

The council can not remove every bonfire that is lit. We can issue advice on what people should and should not do and we expect people to follow the advice.”

The land on which the bonfire was built on the Curragh is owned by the Department of Defence.

“The dumping of rubbish on the Curragh is an ongoing issue,” said its spokesperson Aine Fitzpatrick. “In the lead up to Hallowe’en the Department has been particularly vigilant in relation to this problem, especially the storing of material for use on bonfires and prior to yesterday (Monday) had removed a large amount of such material. In relation to the latest problem the Department was notified on the morning, October 30 and immediately contacted its Lands Staff on the Curragh.

As a result under the Environmental maintenance programme for the Curragh arrangements were made for the removal of rubbish.

This was done on the afternoon of Tuesday 30 October after an Garda Siochana were notified of some resistance to its removal.

As a result an Garda Siochana attended the scene along with the Litter Warden Service of Kildare County Council.”

According to gardai all toxic materials were removed but it was decided not to remove the bonfire itself but to monitor it on the night instead.

- Paula Campbell