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Monday 18 December 2017

Graffiti blackspot

GRAFFITI blackspots in south Dublin are to be monitored by CCTV in a bid to stamp out vandalism. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council made the announcement as part of an initiative to deter offenders.

Despite a "huge effort" by the local authority to remove graffiti in recent years, "the problem persists", it said in a statement. Some 10,000 square metres of graffiti - the size of a large football pitch - was removed in 2013.

Homeless man dies

Gardai are investigating after a homeless man was found dead in a privately owned park in the North Inner City. The man is understood to be from Dublin and in his early 30s. The death has led Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke to call for greater garda resources in the area.

Mr Burke is chairman of Inner City Helping Homeless and has spent every Wednesday night for nearly a year feeding and clothing the homeless in the city.

Creche concerns

DUBLIN creches have been employing staff with no garda vetting, official inspections of pre-school childcare facilities have found.

Seven new inspection reports from Tusla, the child and family agency which has taken over responsibility for inspections since the beginning of this year, found standards are still not being met. The breaches of health and safety include a creche which had run out of central heating oil and had no hot water for hand-washing, and no handbasin in the nappy-changing area.

Williams tribute

A SERIES of Robin Williams films are being shown across Dublin as a tribute to the actor's work in the wake of his suicide. Williams's inspiring movie Dead Poets Society will be screened in the open air in Merrion Square tonight at 8pm. The outdoor screening is being organised by Happenings, who organise spontaneous events in Limerick and Dublin. The group is also showing Good Will Hunting on Saturday night in Fitzwilliam Square at 7.30pm.

Luas works

THE Luas Cross-City project has issued an update on construction work in the Dominick Street area. Utility works will begin at the Dorset Street-Bolton Street junction next month, which will restrict traffic movements to and from Dominick Street Upper and Lower.

Details of diversions will be distributed once approved by Dublin City Council and the gardai.

Irish Independent

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