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*Facilities were out of use following recent vandalism at Crusheen playground.

LIGHTING HAS BEEN requested to try clamp out reported acts of vandalism at the playground in Crusheen.

Cathaoirleach of the Killaloe Municipal District, Cllr Alan O’Callaghan (FF) appealed to Clare County Council to complete the works.

Contact has been made by the Council’s rural development directorate with Gardaí in Crusheen, community playground co-ordinator John Treacy confirmed. “There is ongoing discussion to identifying suitable solutions to help the local community playground committee to mitigate against events of anti-social behaviour”.

Treacy stressed that the playground was owned by the local community committee and not Clare County Council.

According to Cllr O’Callaghan “a few incidents of anti-social behaviour” have occurred within the playground recently. “I think that a few lights leading into the playground would be ideal. There are a lot of lovely playgrounds, on some occasions, anti-social behaviour happens. We don’t have too much of it, but the problem is rising in Crusheen area and I hope we can stop this,” he stated.

Though the number of houses in Crusheen are growing, the quantity of facilities does not match this, Cllr Pat Hayes (FF) believed. “We need to strive to get to the level where the County Council supports all playgrounds. I would like to see a role here for the County Council. This playground is kind of isolated from the village and that brings its own challenges. There is a lot of houses being built in Crusheen, but not a lot of facilities. That’s another issue”.

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