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Vandals burn down children's playground in Ballymun

The Poppintree Park playground was set on fire over the weekend.

Councillor Noeleen Reilly at what remains of the playground.
Councillor Noeleen Reilly at what remains of the playground.
Image: Noeleen Reilly

THE BURNING DOWN of a children’s playground over the weekend in Ballymun has been condemned.

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Noeleen Reilly has expressed huge disappointment at the vandalism of the Poppintree Park on Friday night.

“I think some people have little to be doing destroying a playground that young children use.  Poppintree Park is a fantastic facility for the Ballymun community. We are very lucky to have such amenities on our doorsteps and it is shocking that a small group of anti social elements would look to destroy these,” she said.

Swans killed 

This is not the first time the park has been damaged, said Reilly, who said last year a number of swans were killed in the lake.

Reilly has asked the local council to cordon off the area as it is currently a health hazard.

“Part of the area is now gutted. When I was over there earlier children were playing among the rubble and empty beer cans,” said Reilly, who added that thousands of euro’s worth of damage has been done.

“Repairing this will mean funding will be taken from another project. Not to mention the already under pressure Gardaí and the Fire Service whom were on the scene on Friday night,” she said, adding that she hopes that no more incidents like this will occur in the park and that it is respected as a valuable resource to the Ballymun community.

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