Public toilets have been closed in the Ward River Valley as two serious incidents of vandalism occured in Swords in the last week.
The new public toilets at the Rivervalley entrance to the Ward River Valley park have been smashed up for the second time. The facilities are now closed to the public as repair works are planned. There is currently no clear date for the faclity reopening.
On the other side of Swords, a car had its wing mirrors broken and windscreen smashed in the car park of St Cronan’s church on Friday evening.
Gardaí in Swords are seeking information from the public in relation to either incident. If you have any information you can contact Swords Garda station on +35316664700
Or you email them through their website by following the link here.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“It’s very sad to see incidents like this happening in our community. The destruction of the toilets in Rivervalley is really appauling given how hard the community fought to get basic facilities like this in our park. In the coming years we are going to see much more investment here and we can’t have the case for investment undermined by a tiny number of mindless criminals.
“The incident with the car in Brackenstown is also really worrying because of the investment down the years the parish and the school have made in making that space safer, particularly at night.
“Sadly every year we see an increase in vandalism around Halloween. I want to strongly encourage anyone who has information on these crimes to report them to gardaí. We can’t allow this kind of thing to go unchecked in our community. The best thing for the people involved is to be caught for this and not allow this behaviour to continue.”