SOLAR-powered wildlife-sensitive lights, which were destroyed in a bizarre vandalism incident on the Carrigaline to Crosshaven Greenway in July, are being trialled at a new location, Cork County Council has revealed.
The lights, which were vandalised beyond repair when someone drilled each of the 88 lights individually, damaging the photocell, are being trialled in a new area and will be installed for free by the contractor.
Council officials told the Carrigaline Municipal District the good news as two councillors called for the reinstatement of the lights along the Carrigaline greenway.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Audrey Buckley and Independent Councillor Marcia D’Alton both put forward motions to have the lights reinstalled on the pathway between Kilnageary and Leary’s Cross.
Their suggestion was met with some hesitation and caution from their colleagues.
Fine Gael Councillor Liam O’Connor said that he didn’t think spending thousands of euro without the culprit being identified was a good idea as he felt it would happen again.
Independent Councillor Ben Dalton O’Sullivan also thought reinstalling the lights would lead to a reoccurring act of vandalism and raised the idea of a community lead CCTV project that could survey the area.
Aidan Lombard said he would love to support the motion but unfortunately agreed with Mr O’Connor and Mr Dalton O’Sullivan that the likelihood was the lights would once again be destroyed.
County senior engineer Madeleine Healy said there was not enough budget in 2019 to cover another 88 solar-powered lights, but said that they were working with the contractor to install the same solar lights along a different, shorter, piece of the walkway in the near future.