‘It’s a criminal act’ – Attorney General Helen McEntee vowed to crack down on people using illegal fireworks this Halloween

Fines of up to €10,000 and five years’ imprisonment could be imposed on those using illegal fireworks for previous “horrible injuries” involving loss of limbs and damage to eyes.

Federal Minister Helen McEntee launched a fireworks awareness campaign ahead of Halloween today in partnership with An Garda Síochána, the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (ISPCA) and the Dublin Fire Brigade.

The campaign will particularly target the younger generation and their parents, as these groups are the most likely to use illegal fireworks.

The campaign’s message will be heard on local radio stations across the country, as well as on YouTube and Spotify.

Speaking at Garda headquarters, Ms McEntee said she wanted “to make people aware that it is a criminal offense to buy or sell fireworks.

“This year in particular, we are really focusing on the negative impact they can have on communities, those who are particularly vulnerable and those living alone. There are also the effects they have on animals.

“I’m really just asking people, especially young people, to consider this as we move towards Halloween.

“Think of our first responders, whether it be the fire brigade or the ambulance service, who have to respond and often deal with very difficult situations.

“So once again I would ask people to respect our first responders,” Ms McEntee added.

Deputy Police and Safety Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon also highlighted the danger that people can expose themselves to.

“The key message of An Garda Síochána is that we know from our experience that people get hurt, sometimes lose limbs, have eye damage, etc. Really bad injuries. And we know that despite all the warnings, this happens every year.

“Unfortunately, over the years our firefighters and paramedics have had to deal with some horrific injuries caused by illegal fireworks, whether it’s going off in a young person’s pocket, exploding in their hands, or as projectiles from bonfires penetrating them met face .

“So our message is please be safe. Do not have any fireworks in your possession. It is illegal in this country and it is a criminal offense to be in possession of fireworks,” Deputy Commissioner McMahon said.

At the event, ISPCA CEO Dr. Cyril Sullivan, who said: “Given that it’s a very dangerous and scary night, it’s also very dangerous and scary for our animals and pets.

“The message of the ISPCA is very simple. If you can, keep your pet indoors that night. When you go out — and we all know families need to trick or treat — just leave your pet with a family member or neighbor.

“We want people to have a safe and happy Halloween, but we also want our animals and pets to have a safe and happy Halloween,” he said.

Regarding the effects fireworks can have on pets, Dr. Sullivan brought out her heightened senses.

“Your dog or pet has higher sensory hearing and smell. So, from that perspective, it has far more serious effects on animals.

“If you are in an area where there will be a lot of fireworks or bonfires, desensitize the dog as much as possible to get used to the sounds.

“The effects depend on the animal. It depends what they’ve been through. You would need to take your dog to a vet and get professional help the next day if he was exposed to it. But it’s a very serious effect,” said Dr. Sullivan.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/its-a-criminal-act-justice-minister-helen-mcentee-vows-to-clamp-down-on-people-who-use-illegal-fireworks-this-halloween-42046316.html ‘It’s a criminal act’ – Attorney General Helen McEntee vowed to crack down on people using illegal fireworks this Halloween

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