Ire at lifebuoy vandals (08 Jul 2009)
Ire at lifebuoy vandals
Date: 08 July 2009
By Staff Reporter
ANYBODY caught interfering with the lifebuoys alongside the river Owenass in Mountmellick would be dealt with severely, warned Deputy County Manager Declan Byrne at the Town Council monthly meeting last Thursday night.
Cllr Stephen Lynch had complained about the lifebuoys being thrown into the river.

Town Clerk Pamela Tynan said she and colleagues had seen young people doing this.

Manager Declan Byrne said: "A strong message should go from here that it's not ADVERTISEMENTgoing to be tolerated. You are talking about lives. It's not funny. A child or an old person could fall into the river. If any member of the public sees anyone interfering with the lifebuoys, they should be reported."

Cathoirleach Rosemary Whelan said the lifebuoys had been replaced 18 times in the last 18 months.

Manager Byrne: "It's a pure waste of public money."

Cathaoirleach Whelan: "They (lifebuoys) are not toys. If people do see somebody throwing them into the river, they can tell us. In essence, it is criminal damage."

Cllr Marc Connolly: "It's a disgrace. How would they sleep at night if somebody had an accident and there were no lifebuoys? There should be an on-the-spot fine of 1,500 euros."

He added: "The word should go from here that the Council will use everything, including CCTV. If anybody is caught, there will be no sympathy for them."

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