Tuesday 27 September 2016

Shocking photos show €20k damage to playground after arson attack

Ryan Nugent

Published 22/06/2016 | 07:09

Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

THE cost of repairing a children’s playground destroyed by an arson attack could be as high as €20,000.

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The playground at Griffith Park, between Glasnevin and Drumcondra, was set alight late last Thursday night.

The malicious damage to the playground equipment happened after a wheelie bin filled with rubber tyres was set on fire.

It is  estimated that the cost to Dublin City Council (DCC) for repairs will be between €15,000-€20,000.

Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

The council contacted contractors on Monday to get a more accurate cost and time estimate.

The playground will be closed until the equipment is replaced.

It is not the first act of malicious vandalism in the park in recent weeks.

There have been reports of wheelie bins being taken into the park at night and set alight. Several trees have also been broken.

Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

A spokeswoman for DCC told the Herald that both they and the gardai are investigating the incident.

“Unfortunately, public parks are subject to anti social behaviour on occasions and this park, and others, have been targeted before. The extent of the damage caused in this incident is significant,” she said.

“It is regrettable that the council has been forced to close this facility due to the extent of the damage and also because of health and safety concerns.

“The damage will be repaired as soon as possible and the playground will then re-open,” she added.

Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Griffith Park playground in Glasnevin which is closed due to fire damage. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Local representative, Noeleen Reilly said there needs to be an increase in park wardens across the Dublin north-west area.

“There is not enough security in the parks.

“If someone wants to get into the park they will, but there is no one there to move them on,” she said.

“There have been a number of different attacks on playgrounds in parks all over Dublin north west in recent times.

“This [cost of repairs] is such a waste of taxpayer’s money,” she added.

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