LIMERICK City Council is facing a bill of up to €30,000 following this year’s May Eve mayhem which saw firefighters respond to almost 20 different incidents.
The actions of youths in Garryowen who attacked two firemen on Monday night have been widely condemned.
One fireman sustained facial injuries when he was hit with a glass bottle. The second was hit with an iron bar.
Both incidents happened at Garryowen Green as firefighters were tackling a bonfire near Geraldines AFC. “It is a disgrace and it needs to be stopped,” said Caroline Curley, director of service at City Hall.
Michael Ryan, chief fire officer, for Limerick city says the actions of the youths could have endangered lives. “If we are committed to an incident and assaults are taking place then that ties us up at that incident and the danger is another incident occurring somewhere else where we are needed and where there is a danger to life,” he said adding that Monday was the busiest night of the year for the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service.
In addition to attending 17 bonfires across the city firefighters also attended a house fire in Janesboro as well as a fire at the former Cathedral Carpets store on Mungret Street.
“It was a very busy night and from the point of view of our fire services busy in an unwanted way because it was unnecessary. We suffered from wanton vandalism and damage being caused in various parts of the city by citizens of the city,” said Caroline Curley.