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Community centre partially burned after "up to 40" young people get on to roof

Poppintree Community Centre needs security, a local councillor says.

AN ATTACK ON a community centre over the weekend has been condemned.

Poppintree Community Centre in Ballymun had windows broken and was partially burned over the Easter weekend.

Locals say that over the weekend, there were up to 40 young people on the roof of the centre in what was described as a “dangerous situation”.

Local councillor Noeleen Reilly says that the centre needs to be revamped to prevent this type of damage.

“I have asked the council to look at securing the roof of the centre. It was badly designed and it needs to be re-examined before there is a serious accident.”

10355747_726220920830253_5971744396794040666_n Source: Noeleen Reilly via Facebook


Reilly says that there used to be security on site, but it has been scaled back. She says that someone is going to be hurt.

“They also need to look at reinstating the after-hours in-house security. I say it time and time again, there was no point in building all these new centres and parks as part of the regeneration and providing no security for them.

“What we will see here is a child being seriously injured some day or even worse and it will be too late. The security of the centre needs to be looked at as a matter of urgency.”

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