MacLochlainn blasts vandals who ‘attacked community’

Councillor Michael Grant beside one of the benches destroyed by vandals on Buncrana's Shore Front. (0102PG16)
Councillor Michael Grant beside one of the benches destroyed by vandals on Buncrana's Shore Front. (0102PG16)

‘The premedidated vandalism attack on Buncrana’s summer seats was an attack on our community’.

- That was the message from the town’s Mayor Padraig MacLochlainn who told councillors at Wednesday night’s council meeting that it’s a crime he deems so serious he’s compared it to trashing a headstone in a graveyard.

At the monthly Buncrana meeting deputy Mayor Michael Grant raised the issue asking if the seats would be replaced.

The town engineer Donal Walker said he planned to meet with the Buncrana Tidy Towns group in the coming weeks to discuss the matter and hoped they could work together to look for vandal proof replacements.

Angered Mayor MacLochlainn told the members: “Obviously all the council are horrified by this, it is an act of wanton vandalism it has to be premeditated by the nature of it.

“What was done was shameful because one of the key figures on the tidy towns passed away recently and he actually built that seat with dedication to another man.

“It was an awful incident and would have been very harmful to the families involved.

“I would like us to write to the Garda Superintendent and ask him if there was any witnesses come forward from the public, somebody must know something.

“Whoever damaged this the public want them brought forward to justice.

“Nobody was injured by this was an attack on our community - an attack on our town.”

Councillor Peter McLaughlin suggested a fresh appeal is made for people who may have information on the attack to come forward to either Gardai or even councillors.

Mayor MacLochlainn agreed saying: “The seat that was vandalised was dedicated to an esteemed man, a teacher that died. It’s like attacking a headstone in a graveyard but it is an attack on memorials to people we value.”