Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay North, Seán Haughey has raised the issue of the rise in illegal fireworks in north Dublin with the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee.

An Garda Síochána run Operation Tombola every year before Halloween to combat the illegal importation, sale and use of fireworks. Gardaí have confirmed that Operation Tombola will be brought forward by one month due to the rise in the use of illegal fireworks in Dublin.

Deputy Haughey stated that in the last few weeks many fireworks were being set off in north Dublin and this was causing “great disturbance to householders.”

“I welcome the reply from Minister McEntee. The use of illegal fireworks is an issue every year before Halloween but this year the problem has started months earlier. Fireworks are hugely dangerous as well as causing a major noise disturbance in residential areas, particularly for pet owners and families with young children.”

“Every Halloween we see a rise in the use of illegal fireworks, bonfires and anti-social behaviour. The public can report stockpiled bonfire material to the Parks Department of Dublin City Council for removal. I urge the public to report the use of illegal fireworks and any form of anti-social behaviour to their local Garda Station,” concluded Deputy Haughey,