SALES of aerosol paints to minors would be restricted under new bylaws being drafted by city councillor Kenneth O'Flynn.
Mr O'Flynn wants stronger sanctions attached to acts of graffiti after a recent spate of vandalism across the city which saw restorative work carried out by the Mad About Cork group vandalised by graffiti 'taggers'.
Cllr O'Flynn was also contacted by a city business owner recently who has declared they will no longer clean graffiti off the facade of their premises after being issued with a letter from Cork City Council stating they would be fined for littering if they allowed the graffiti to remain.
“Here's a business owner, doing everything right, paying rates to the city and then the city comes along and instead of assisting them, fines them for a criminal act that was performed by someone else on their property,” said Cllr O'Flynn.
“I've begun to draft bylaws similiar those in the United States. They would include that aerosol cans can't be sold to anybody under 18.
“You have no business buying an aerosol paint can if you don't own a car. That's the reality."
“Until the city is doing its utmost to protect people from that criminal act and discourage and educate people to stay away from that criminal act, the city shouldn't be punishing honest ratepayers,” he added.
A graffiti tagger named 'Aero' has been spraying locations around the city in recent weeks and anti-British graffiti by an unknown vandal appeared on a mural by the Mad About Cork group in Coleman's Lane.
“There's certainly an increase in vandalism. Nobody wants to impinge on artists because they do a fantastic job with spray paint, but this type of vandalism should be treated as a fineable offence and a criminal act and act of vandalism,” said Cllr O'Flynn.
“This tagger 'Aero' and other things that are going on around the place need to be clamped out and other cities in Europe have a 24-hour policy to remove it as quickly as possible. It becomes pointless for the vandals because their work isn't seen and that kills it off,” he added.