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Bus shelter at Wexford’s Min Ryan Park smashed yet again as calls for CCTV continue to go unanswered

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The bus shelter at Min Ryan Park which was smashed in broad daylight on Friday.

The bus shelter at Min Ryan Park which was smashed in broad daylight on Friday.

The bus shelter at Min Ryan Park which was smashed in broad daylight on Friday.

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THE huge glass panels in the bus shelter at the Min Ryan Park have been smashed yet again by vandals and could cost “thousands of euro” to put right. The mindless act appears to have been carried out in broad daylight on Friday afternoon/evening, leading local councillor Leonard Kelly to call on anyone with any information to immediately contact Wexford Garda Station.

In November of 2020, the huge glass panels were smashed twice in the space of a week leading to renewed calls for CCTV cameras to be installed at the state of the art public amenity. However, two years down the line and the bus shelter has been the target of vandals yet again and, despite the ongoing complaints of several councillors, there are still no cameras in Min Ryan Park.

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"I think this is the third time now,” Cllr Kelly said. “I don’t know what it is, but it seems that there’s a sector of society who are happy to disregard, damage and break up our public spaces.

"I cannot get my head around why you would want to do something like this. I’ve been trying to get CCTV up there for a long time. A council colleague of mine has even offered discretionary funding towards it. It’s a difficult process, but it’s taking much longer than it should.

“Having said that, I don't know if cameras would even be a deterrent in this case. I would find it hard to believe that nobody knows who did this. I’d ask anyone who has information to contact Wexford Gardaí immediately.

"There has to be consequences to this type of action. We also saw it with the toilet facilities being burnt down at Carrigfoyle last week. We can’t allow this type of thing to creep into our society.”

Cllr George Lawlor, who had put forward discretionary funding towards CCTV at the park described it as "absolutely embarrassing" that it had still not been installed.

"We've been badly let down on the movement on CCTV at the Min Ryan Park,” he said. “I've ignited the issue again with the new County Secretary and he's working on the interminable process of 48 steps to get cameras installed. This has taken way too long already though.”


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