Sunday 25 September 2016

Mindless act of vandalism left many in fear for their homes as thousands of gallons of canal water gush onto street

Adam Cullen and Fiona Dillon

Published 16/08/2015 | 22:53

Filthy water water flowed down Tyrconnell Road.
Filthy water water flowed down Tyrconnell Road.
The scene this evening.
Flooding at Canal bridge lock in Inchicore across from Black Hosre Inn.
It's understood the vandals opened the locks to allow water in the area they were swimming to swell. 
Flooding at Canal bridge lock in Inchicore.
It's understood the vandals opened the locks to allow water in the area they were swimming to swell. 
Flooding tonight in Inchicore.
Flooding tonight in Inchicore.

This was the scene last night as thousands of gallons of canal water gushed down a Dublin street after a mindless act of vandalism.

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One unit of the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) attended the scene near the Black Horse Inn in Inchicore after a group of youths opened three locks on the Grand Canal, sending the water flowing down Tyrconnell Road and other streets.

The incident left many local residents in fear for their homes.

Members of the DFB confirmed they are constantly called to the area, which is a popular swimming spot among youngsters in the area.

However, they stressed they had never seen the situation “as bad”.

Vandals

It is believed that the vandals opened up the locks to allow water into the area where they were swimming.

“It’s so it fills up high enough so they can jump in,” said one local man.

“They are always doing it. It’s so they can pull themselves out of the water so it reaches the top of the canal wall,” the man said.

Water levels were noticeably lower in the canal today as a result of the shocking incident.

Speaking today, local councillor Daithi Doolan said that there are many elderly people living in the area, pointing out that it could be frightening for them.

He called on those involved to think about the consequences of their actions.

“There are plenty of amenities in the area. There are parks, a swimming pool in Ballyfermot and a swimming pool in Crumlin,” he told the Herald.

“I think this sort of behaviour should stop immediately.

“Not only are they putting their lives at risk, but they are putting the health and safety of residents in the Inchicore and Kilmainham area at risk as well,” he said.

Councillor Doolan said that the Dublin Fire Brigade is already over-stretched, and responding to an incident such as this was taking officers away from other duties.

He said that he has seen crowds of young people swimming in the lock, and he is concerned about their safety.

Mr Doolan said that releasing the canal water and creating that flooding was “reprehensible”.

“It shouldn’t have happened. They should show a responsibility, especially to the residents there,” he said.

 Anybody’s home that could be damaged, he pointed out.

 Fearful

The incident caused major concern to many local residents last night, with one local man telling the Herald how he feared for his property.

“It’s getting very close to the door,” he said.

“My wife is panicking. What if it comes in?” he asked.

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