Limerick college may use CCTV to catch graffiti vandals

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THE facilities manager at Mary Immaculate College says they may deploy CCTV to catch people vandalising the boundary walls.

THE facilities manager at Mary Immaculate College says they may deploy CCTV to catch people vandalising the boundary walls.

The surrounds of the college have been badly damaged by graffiti artists in recent months, in a move which has forced Brian Kirby, facilities manager (pictured), to introduce campus security patrols.

He added the college has had to spent €1,200 to ensure the walls are graffiti-free for now.

Between late October and January, the walls have been sandblasted to remove any trace of graffiti.

But because the sandblaster did so much damage to the walls, they have had to be re-pebbledashed, meaning the college was effectively hit on the double.

Mr Kirby said introducing CCTV is not something they want to do, but they would do it if the problem continued.

“Unfortunately I think people who do graffiti do not realise [the damage]. They are not vandals: I think most of them are quite ordinary, straight forward guys trying out artwork. But they do not realise how soul-destroying it is for the staff, students, and tax payers money we have to spend to put back the beautiful new walls the way they were,” he said.

Security firm G4S patrols Courtbrack Avenue and the South Circular Road on a regular basis. The college is also working with the gardai and Limerick City Council to eradicate the problem.