Dublin community angered by fire at children’s playground

A Dublin city community has been angered by a fire at a local children’s play area.

Dublin firefighters attended the Cork Street fire in the Liberties area of ​​the city on Sunday evening.

The official Dublin Fire Department account tweeted an image of playground equipment on fire, confirming that a fire engine from nearby Dolphins Barn station responded to the incident and quickly extinguished the blaze.

“We ask members of the public to report any suspicious behavior to gardaí,” the tweet added.

Darragh Moriarty, Labor Councilor for the South West Town Centre, told Newstalk it was heartbreaking to see public amenities destroyed without thinking.

“We’ve opened two new parks in the past five years that have done a service to the community, given young people something to do, and when acts like this happen they rightly cause anger.”

“Community activists, community groups and residents have had to fight for every blade of grass, for every playground that has entered the Freedoms in recent years.

“I think there’s now a knee-jerk reaction saying ‘this is why the community doesn’t deserve to be invested in parks’ and I think that’s a totally wrong approach.

“I think the minority of people who commit acts like this shouldn’t pave the remaining 99% who need and use the parks appropriately,” he said.

Cllr Moriarty added that Dublin City Council is currently looking into the matter to assess the extent of the damage caused and the time it will take to reopen the facility.

Harold B. McConnell