CALLS have been made for increased fines and controls onpaint sales following graffiti damage in north Kildare last week.
Anger was palpable as condemnations emerged over a spate of graffiti in Celbridge on 19 June.
Some of Celbridge’s most historic buildings, including the Church of Ireland, were at the centre of a series of blue graffiti and there was emphatic condemnation of the destruction at the 21 June meeting of Kildare County Council’s Celbridge area committee.
A motion by Cllr. Colm Purcell that Minister for the Environment be asked to “substantially” increase penalties was agreed although officials said that graffiti is a criminal offence and suggested that the Minister for Justice and Environment be contacted.
Cllr. Kevin Byrne called for more controls on sales of paint sprays.
Cllr. Purcell said the fines are quite small but the cost of removing paint run into thousands, particularly with porus surfaces.
There were calls to have the State look curbing the sales of paint, possibly by licencing.
Cllr. Frank O’Rourke said parts of Celbridge was “absolutely destroyed” and described the perpetrators as “faceless cowards”.
The town had put bunting out for Irish Golf Open street event this Thursday, 27 June.
Apart from graffiti, a number of flower pots were turned upside down. “I hope the Gardai get them,” said the councillor.
New Leixlip Town Council chairperson, Teresa Byrne, said the there is a huge costs. “It should be mandatory by law to get the culprits to clean it up.”
- Henry Bauress