Parents living near the Celtic Park GAA ground on Lone Moor Road have been urged to make sure their children are not involved in vandalism attacks on the facility.
Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue made the appeal after the most recent incident of vandalism at the GAA ground last week, during which a number of fire extinguishers were stolen.
There has been a number of vandalism attacks on Celtic Park in recent years which have been condemned by the GAA and local community leaders.
Following the latest incident, colr. Logue said she met with Damien McKane, chairperson of the GAA’s Celtic Park Management Committee, to discuss the situation.
Speaking after the meeting, the Sinn Féin councillor said; “There have been a number of acts of vandalism at Celtic Park over the summer months.
“The most recent has been the theft of two fire extinguishers which were subsequently later recovered but were damaged and unusable,” she said.
Colr. Logue said that there have been other problems at the GAA ground apart from the vandalism. “There has also been illegal dumping and young people using the grounds for drinking and we all know the associated problem that this brings.
“It is ridiculous that such actions are taking place there,” she said.
The local councillor praised the commitment of the GAA to the area and encouraged local young people to get involved in GAA activities.
“This sporting facility is there for community use and the GAA are very keen to welcome young people who would not normally have had any interest in the sport to maybe come and watch the games or even take up the sport themselves,” she said.
Colr. Logue said Mr McKane will be meeting with local leaders to discuss the problem. “The official I met has told me that they will be meeting local youth leaders in the area in the near future to action these proposals.
“I would urge parents to warn their children not to be using the grounds for antisocial behaviour as this could put the them or people living in the area in danger,” she said.