THE fire brigarde were called out to attend fire at the wasteland behind St Nicholas’ Avenue an astonishing 49 times in five years.
The cost to the taxpayer for this period was a whopping €22,000.
At the Dundalk Town Council Meeting held in the Council Chamber on 25th November 2009 a Notice of Question submitted by Cllr Eamon O’Boyle for the previous October Dundalk Town Monthly Meeting was discussed and answered.
Cllr O’Boyle asked “How many times has our fire service attended at brush and rubbish fires on this Council’s land and on the adjoining privately owned land behind Boyle O’Reilly Terrace and St. Nicholas Avenue in the past 20 years and what has been the cost or expense to this Council of this on-going and continuing operation?”
In answer he was told: “There were 49 fire call outs to the Boyle O’Reilly / St Nicholas Avenue area during the period from 2004 to 2009. The estimated cost to the Council was €22,000 approximately.”
According to the minutes of that meeting Councillor Eamon O’Boyle enquired if there were any practical steps that could be taken to end this practice.
Frank Pentony, Town Clerk, advised that part of the ground is owned by the Council and part is privately owned. One option would be for the Council to erect fencing to prevent entry to their land. However, he stated that there is no provision in the 2009 Budget to carry out this work.