the actions of a group of youths who knocked a CCTV camera and smashed headstones at a graveyard on the outskirts of the city have been condemned by Cllr Cathal Crowe.
The incident, which happened at Kilquane Cemetery, Parteen on Saturday evening, is being investigation by gardai.
A pole-mounted CCTV camera was knocked to the ground and a headstone was badly damaged by a number of youths who were observed by local residents drinking in the area earlier in the day.
Cllr Crowe, who donated the security camera to the Kilquane Cemetery Committee last year, said he is outraged at what happened.
“The vandalism of the headstone is despicable and an act of sacrilege. To interfere with the resting places of dead people is sick in the extreme, not to mention illegal,” he said adding that bones could be seen protruding from graves when he visited the graveyard to see the damage for himself.
Empty beer bottles and cans were also strewn about the place following the incident.
The steel pole mounting the security camera was targeted by the vandals and according to Cllr Crowe it would have taken several people to knock it over.
The internal components of the camera were also ripped out and destroyed once it was knocked to the ground.
“The perpetrators should be aware that a very dim view of the situation is being taken. I would urge anyone who has information to come forward and assist An Garda Síochána with their enquiries,” he said.
Cllr Crowe says there has been a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour at Kilquane Cemetery since the CCTV camera was installed a year ago.
And, he fears that despite the good work being done by the cemetery committee, there may be an increase in antisocial behaviour now that the camera is gone.
“This installation had gone some way towards curbing anti-social behaviour. Those who were drinking in the cemetery last weekend clearly took issue with the camera,” said Cllr Crow who is calling for local residents to support the committee’s efforts..
“The vandalism of the cemetery is a real blow to the committee but I believe they are resilient and committed to continuing their good work.”