Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart has called on the four local authorities across Dublin to effectively respond to, and manage the potential hazard of falling autumn leaves on streets and pathways in neighbourhoods around the city.
The Dublin South-West TD commented, “As leaves continue to fall through the remainder of October, they can become extremely dangerous, particularly as the weather begins to turn damp and wet which makes the fallen leaves slippery.
“These leaves are not just dangerous for pedestrians but for drivers and cyclists too who should exercise caution while using the road.
“Each year during September-November thousands of tonnes of leaves are collected on Dublin streets and many will not be aware of how easily an accident can be caused by walking or driving over autumn leaves.
“This may be seen a trivial matter to most but it can significantly impede the elderly living across the city who often find it difficult to go for a stroll or nip out to the shops when these leaves have not been cleared to make it safe from slipping or falling.
“Fallen leaves that are left uncollected also pose problems for outdoor drains, which are prone to being blocked. This is a costly consequence and can be a real nuisance for households.
“While each local authority carries out collections, I would like to see an increase in resources allocated to more regularly ensure the streets in every residential area are cleared from piles of autumn leaves.
“We must do more to avoid accidents or injury caused by fallen leaves, given they can be so easily avoided by more frequent autumn leaf collections.
He concluded, “I very much commend the good work of neighbours, residents associations and residential groups that get involved in their neighbourhood to support the council to manage the problem over these few months.