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Heated words over bonna night

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 4:13pm

City Hall extinguished fears about the effect its own bonfire nights have on the environment after it came under fire for them this week.

Details about St John’s Eve, locally known as bonfire or bonna night, came up for discussion at a meeting of Cork City Council on Monday during which Sinn Féin Cllr Chris O’Leary asked had the council permission off the Environmental Protection Agency to light these fires.

“Have we sought a licence off the Environmental Protection Agency with regards to polluting the air? To my knowledge anyone who lights a fires is releasing toxins into the air and has to seek a licence,” said Cllr O’Leary.

Valerie O’Sullivan, Director of Services, Environment and Recreation was keen to stress the council’s events are different to illegal bonfires and she would get back Cllr O'Leary with more information about its impact on the environment.

She added: “These are controlled fires, they are organised in conjunction with a range of agencies. We are not actually burning rubbish or household goods at these events. We all know it’s illegal to have bonfires or public fires. What we organise is not illegal. There’s a big difference between an illegal fire and what we organise.”

Cllr O’Leary also took issue with the council calling it Bonfire Night, saying it should refer to it as St John’s Eve.

Five major outdoor events are planned in City Council parks with a range of activities planned.

These will take place in: Kilmore Park, Knocknaheeny from 5-8pm Popham’s Park, Farranree from 4-7pm Glenamoy Park, Mahon from 5-8pm Loughmahon Park, Mahon from 5.30-8.30pm Clashduv Park, Togher from 5-9pm.

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