Donegal wildfires under control; politicians demand investigation, report

A Donegal county councillor is demanding a full investigation into the cause of gorse wildfires in the west of the county that threatened homes and businesses, and led to a number of roads being  closed.

Donegal County Council say the wildfires, in the Annagry/Loughanure areas, have been brought under control.

About 15 fire units from throughout the county, as well as an Air Corp helicopter, army personnel from Finner Camp, Civil Defence members and hundreds of local people helped battled the blaze.

A fire in a nearby area on Good Friday claimed two homes.

Although the fires have been brought under control, Donegal gardai warn there are still areas where the gorse could reignite, and they are advising anyone who sees any fire to contact 999 immediately and request the Fire Service.

Fianna Fail TD Pat the Cope Gallagher wants a full written report into what he says was a seven-hour delay in mobilising the Air Corp helicopters.

Local Independent Councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig was at the scene of the fires yesterday.

He says there must be a full investigation into how the fires started.