Fires lit outside Derry primary school

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The principal of Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir has appealed for an end to vandalism at the entrance to the school in the Brandywell.

Mary Nic Ailín said vandalism and fires outside the school gates are an ongoing problem.

The principal met with local Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue and community worker Sean Collins from Community Restorative Justice this week to discuss the problems ahead of a summer scheme which will be held at the school next week as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

In previous years the entrance to the school at Donegal Place has been the site of fires on August 15, causing damage to the tarmac. Ms Nic Ailín said the school will be playing host to 50 children each day next week during the Fleadh activities.

“We understand that young people need a place to gather, we do not have an issue with that. Problems arise, however, when they light fires, burn bins and smash glass bottles at the school gates.

“Next week the school will be packed with children taking part in a range of fun activities as part of the summer scheme during the Irish language programme of events during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. We want to ensure that when they arrive the area is clean and looks good so we are appealing to parents to make sure their children and young people are not involved in any destructive activities in the vicinity of the school,” she said.

Colr. Logue backed the principal’s appeal and also encouraged local residents to play their part.

“I have been speaking to local residents and people from the school who have said the area has never looked better thanks to all of the good work carried out by the Triax neighbourhood management team, including the new murals which have been painted on Lecky Road with the involvement of local young people.

“However, the residents are also concerned about an upsurge in vandalism and recently and have said they do not want to see any fires in the area over August 15.

“I would appeal to parents in the area to make sure children are not involved in vandalism or creating problems for others in the community. I would also ask residents not to leave out any material for fires and to dispose of rubbish responsibly using the services offered by Derry City Council.

“While I and the majority of residents in the area will be hoping that there will be no further vandalism, I would call on Council and Road Service to prioritise any possible cleanup operations ahead of the influx of visitors.”