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Naoise Johnston McArdle with last week’s Argus

Naoise Johnston McArdle with last week’s Argus

Naoise Johnston McArdle with last week’s Argus

A former pupil of St Brigid's Special Needs School has penned a moving letter condemning the act of vandalism that occurred at her old school recently.

Damage estimated at €17,500 was caused to a wheelchair accessible lift in an attack described by school princial Patricia Ward as 'sheer mindless vandalism impacting the most vulnerable children in society.'

The disturbing incident prompted former student Naoise Johnston Mcardle to contact The Argus to express her sympathy to the staff and pupils at the school.

She wrote: 'I read in last week's paper about my old school St. Brigid's school being targeted by vandals and I was very angry about it. It is not fair on people who have the special needs, we find it hard enough without being attacked by people like this.

'Mrs Ward was my principal and she and all the teachers and parents work hard to make sure that all the children has equal rights in the community and the school.

'There were three children in wheelchairs when I was at the school and they needed this lift to access the playground to play with all of us. Now that the lift has been vandalised the children who use wheelchairs won't be able to play with their friends and that's not fair.

'I hope the Gardai catches these people because they have not only attacked the school, they have attacked children who has disabilities and special needs.

'I hope Mrs Ward gets the lift fixed before the children come back in September.'

The external lift damaged in the incident was installed at a cost of €95,000, to enable children with severe disabilities to access the playground.

CCTV images which capture a number of people on the school grounds, have been passed to gardai

The cost of repairing the damage has come back at €17,500, and the school now face rising insurance costs.

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