Fireworks display branded as ‘anti- social behaviour’

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Another Moyle councillor has launched an attack on the annual Hallowe’en fireworks display in Ballycastle, writes Nevin Farrell.

In the past, Cllr Randal McDonnell from Cushendun criticised the public display and even in recent weeks he said: “They let off steam, smoke and dirt and I object.”

But at a meeting of Moyle Council last week, Cllr Seamus Blaney, who lives in Ballycastle, also hit out at the fireworks display which Moyle Council markets as a big family occasion.

Speaking during a discussion about anti-social behaviour in Ballycastle, Cllr Blaney said individuals are always urged not to throw squibs on the streets “but yet this Council is going to have a real anti-social behaviour event at the seafront ... and the poor old dogs”.

Bridgeen Butler, manager of Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said the difference betweeen random fireworks being let off on the streets is that people don’t expect them but people are well aware of the the organised event on October 31.

Cllr Blaney added: “Nobody tells the dogs”.

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