Council promises action on Liiffey Park vandalism

Article Posted: Thursday 17th March, 2011

Gardai and Dublin city council have been challenged to say what measures they are taking to address ongoing problems with vandalism and anti-social behaviour down by the Liffey.
The council's local area manager says both the gardai and the council will be reporting shortly on how they intend to deal with the problem in Liffey Valley Park.
This follows the destruction of large number of new trees in the park by joyriding vandals, who later abandoned their cars burnt out.
The local manager told councillors this week the entrance used to get the cars into the park has been fixed.
The cars would be removed over the next few days, councillors were told.
Councillors had earlier agreed unanimously to an emergency motion proposed by Sinn Fein councillor Criona ni Dhalaigh.
This called for action by gardai and the council as well as the installation of security measures such as cameras or movement-sensitive lighting in the area, which is frequented by drinkers.
Ni Dhalaigh first raised her concerns two years ago but unfortunately her pleas for action went unheeded. As a result, hundreds of thousands of euro which was spent on upgrading the areas three years ago have been wasted.
Labour councillor Rebecca Moynihan also pledged to take action to ensure that the area is improved and anti-social activity curtailed.
Emails, and photos, on the subject were also sent to the gardai, the council and Cllr Clare Byrne, but no response was received.

Council promises action on Liiffey Park vandalism