Councillor John Paul O’Shea has called on Cork County Council, An Garda Síochána and the Fire Service to put a co-ordinated plan in place to curb anti-social behaviour in Charleville on Halloween night in the future.
The Cork North West Fine Gael General Election candidate said he had been contacted by members of the public in Charleville regarding ant-social behaviour in the town on Halloween night last month, particularly in some residential areas of Charleville.
Cllr. O’Shea said: “Members of the public have spoken to me in recent days about the various anti-social behaviour in Charleville on Halloween night recently. There was a number of bonfires in the surrounds of the town and naturally this was very frightening for locals, with illegal fireworks being set off and large numbers of individuals congregating in residential areas late at night.
“On top of this, you have the significant litter issue left to be dealt with the following day, with the materials used to create the bonfires left behind after the individuals responsible departed the scene. I am calling on Cork County Council, An Garda Síochána and the Fire Service to sit down together and put a formal plan in place to deal with such behaviour for future Halloween nights, with the public’s safety the number one priority.
“Now is the time to start preparing for this night, a night which so many locals in quiet, peaceful neighbourhoods, have such a fear of. These acts that occur on Halloween night are illegal and dangerous, and a proper plan and approach must be taken by the relevant authorities to ensure that safety and order is maintained,” Cllr. O’Shea said.