Teens hit with €6,000 graffiti fine
FIVE teenagers responsible for a spate of graffiti have been hit with 40 fines totalling €6,000.
The teens -- who dubbed themselves 'Men in Black' -- sprayed graffiti and tagging logos across areas of Limerick city over the last five months.
It has cost the local authority almost €20,000 to date to remove the graffiti this year and, as a result, Limerick City Council began issuing fines to those responsible.
Business and shop-fronts have also been defaced by the culprits.
The €150 fines were issued under the provisions of the litter pollution act and must be paid within 28 days. All 40 fines arose following evidence from CCTV, or admissions made by the culprits.
If fines are not paid, the individuals can be prosecuted in the district court where, if convicted, they can be jailed for six months or fined up to €3,000.
The proceedings against the five youths were initiated following an investigation which involved environmental inspectors from Limerick city council assisted by gardai.
"It is still ongoing somewhat, but we are having an impact over the last few months. We know most of them," a Limerick city council spokesman said.