THE level of graffiti around Nenagh was “absolutely disgraceful and scandalous”, Cllr Conor Delaney told Nenagh Joint Policing Committee. He said it was an issue that needed to be addressed.
The Fine Gael councillor was concerned at the amount of money that was going to be needed to clean it up. The FG councillor made specific reference to grafitti along the newly-named Joe Daly Road and in the car park at Abbey Lane.
“It looks disgraceful, especially in the year of The Gathering, and won’t leave a good impression on visitors,” he said. “We need to be preventative and have a plan in place so that people are caught and know they are going to have to pay for it.”
Cllr Delaney told members there needed to be “some sort of civic responsibility”, and the problem was being caused by a “small element of society”.
“It is just not right. They have no regard for the town,” he declared.
Cllr Tom Mulqueen highlighted grafitti on the bridges along the M7, especially at Ballintoher where “somebody is adding to it all the time”.
Cllr Tom Moylan agreed the level of grafitti had seemed to have increased and pointed out that it costs the taxpayers money to clean it up.
Community representative Martin Langton claimed some of the grafitti signs were aimed at the “drugs racket”, and that “young people know how to read them”.