The elected members of Kerry County Council have unanimously condemned the illegal burning of gorse in the county following a further 16 callouts by the Kerry Fire Service in the last 24 hours.

At a teleconference meeting of party representatives and senior management of Kerry County Council this morning (Wednesday), councillors appealed to members of the public not to burn gorse and to stop putting a unacceptable strain on the resources of the emergency services at a time of national emergency.

 

“We deplore and condemn the illegal burning of gorse which is a disgraceful act at this time of the year anyway, but which is particularly despicable at a time when emergency services are working together on a once-in-a-century pandemic emergency,” Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher said.

 

“All of the elected members are unanimous in their condemnation of these fires and this criminal activity. We thank the Fire Service for their exceptional effort in recent days in combatting these fires which are putting lives and livelihoods at risk.”

 

The Cathaoirleach urged members of the public with any information about the illegal burning of gorse to contact An Garda Síochána.