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01st Jun 2018

The Phoenix Park has officially banned barbecues over safety fears

Olivia Hayes

Phoenix Park

It only lasted for 8 years…

If you’ve enjoyed a barbecue in the Phoenix Park at some point over the last eight years, we’ve got some disappointing news.

Visitors to the park have been able to bring along a disposable BBQ since 2010; however, too much fire damage and litter to the area means you’ll be stopped if you decide to grill some burgers.

Green Party Councillor Ciaran Cuffe is against the move, saying park authorities should be working with people bringing BBQs and not against them.

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“I would acknowledge that there are some difficulties with tables being burnt with disposable barbecues, but I think we should work with those who barbecue,” he said.

“If you go to any other city around that world, parks have places to barbecue.”

Upon relaxing the ban initially in 2010, a park spokesperson said: “Up to now there had been a blanket ban because of fears of fires and health and safety issues.

“Due to the enormous pressure brought on by the current good weather and unprecedented numbers of people using the park, we are allowing disposable barbecues to be used near picnic tables.

“We do not allow barbecues on the tables or on grass. We are currently reviewing our policy on barbecues.”

Cut to eight years later, and we have an outright ban.