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The burnt swings at Gerry O'Sullivan Park in Gurranabraher.
The burnt swings at Gerry O'Sullivan Park in Gurranabraher.

Calls for action after another playground is vandalised

COUNCILLORS and sports clubs are planning to address vandalism in the north-west of the city. Another playground was damaged over the weekend.

In the incident at Gerry O’Sullivan Park, in Gurranabraher, a group of young people set a wheelie bin on fire, which was used to scorch children’s swings. City Council workers cleaned up the mess.

Damage at Glenamoy Lawn Park playground in Mayfield.
Damage at Glenamoy Lawn Park playground in Mayfield.
Councillor Kenneth Collins (SF) said local sports clubs and communities want to address the issue through inclusion, awareness, and promotion of community facilities to prevent thousands of euro of damage.

He says sports and local-amenity facilities are being targeted by the vandals because they are easy to access and says the same group of people is causing the damage in Gurranabraher. “A wheelie bin was set on fire and two swings were destroyed. There’s a group of transient youths causing this. They are moving from area to area and when they cause enough trouble, they’ll move on and cause trouble somewhere else. Local representatives met with the two local GAA clubs and eight soccer clubs in the north-west area last week to see what we can do, as a grouping, because they are targeting sporting facilities, as well.”