Safety fears as youths leap from derelict building in Dublin's booming tech quarter
Published 01/07/2015 | 12:14
Safety concerns have been raised after several teens were filmed leaping from the remains of a derelict building in Dublin’s booming tech sector.
A video taken in an area around Grand Canal Dock, which has seen an influx of high-tech multinationals, shows a number of Dublin youths jumping from the remains of Boland’s Mill, a series of abandoned buildings metres away from Google’s European Headquarters.
One teenager jumper can be seen nervously peering over the edge before make the huge plunge into the water below.
“For those kids to get up there, they’d have to have climbed up the front of the building and come around the side,” said Patrick Cumiskey, who filmed the teens jumping off one the old Mills’ structures.
“It would have been fairly dangerous getting up there I think as the building is blocked off and they would have had to climb over barbwire and security fences as the area is very well secured.”
Mr Cumiskey posted the video to Krav Maga Ireland’s Facebook two days ago, and said he had already seen a number of posts saying they too would try jumping from the disused site.
“There were six or seven of them up there, and none of them could have been more than 14-year-olds.
“Based on the Facebook comments posted under the video, it seems like there’s plenty of people planning to do the same today.
“A friend of mine lives nearby and told me it is always happening, that it’s almost like a rite of passage now.”
A spokesperson for Dublin City Council said it was aware of children using the site but that “as it is private property, there is nothing we can do. We do not have any jurisdiction in the area.”
The site is currently being developed as part of a €150 million project to revamp the area into office space and apartment blocks.