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Council counts cost as playground vandalised

DUBLIN City Council is awaiting estimates in relation to the damage caused to a state-of-the-art playground that was vandalised.

Its parks section had to remove a bridge section of a climbing frame as a result of the damage caused at the Maypark playground, off the Malahide Road in north Dublin.

A council spokesman said that it was awaiting estimates from manufacturers, with some of the equipment being sourced from as far away as America.

He confirmed that the parks department of Dublin City Council had contacted the gardai in Clontarf in relation to the incident, which occurred a number of weeks ago.

The damaged play surface was removed.

The popular playground opened around two years ago.

Councillor Aodhan O'Riordain said: "There is no need for this sort of behaviour. The city budget is strapped enough as it is and what we are trying to do is encourage the council to spend and upgrade facilities."

He pointed out that having to respond to vandalism meant diverting much-needed funds from other projects.

He said that if playgrounds ended up having to be fitted with increased security measures, like CCTV cameras, then this too would add to the costs being incurred.