Limerick City Council cannot not buy anti-graffiti paint

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK City Council will not be able to purchase special paints which make the cleaning of graffiti easier, an official has said.

LIMERICK City Council will not be able to purchase special paints which make the cleaning of graffiti easier, an official has said.

Southside Labour councillor Joe Leddin had called for the council to buy the clear paint, which can then be supplied to businesses and individuals whose walls have been vandalised.

They would then clean the mess off, and repaint the wall with the special coating, meaning that any further graffiti attacks can be cleaned off swiftly.

He argued that City Hall could buy the paint in bulk - therefore securing a big discount - and then offer the paint through its various depots across the city and its surrounds.

However, Paul Foley of City Hall’s environment department, said “cost management purposes” would not make this possible.

He also said the solution is much more difficult to apply to pebble dash walls, and stone walls with uneven surfaces.

The council has already spent thousands of euro on cleaning graffiti this year.

However, Cllr Leddin said he will still meet with community groups across the city, and encourage them to approach graffiti cleaning companies as a group to ensure they get the best deal possible.

“I am going to give community associations names of various cleaning companies. If there are more than ten houses affected in a particular area, I would be encouraging them to try and get an overall price, instead of going to the same company individually,” Cllr Leddin said.

In his own area, he said there is anger, because private property owners are liable for the costs of removing the graffiti. Mary Immaculate College and Laurel Hill FCJ Convent have seen walls damaged.

Mr Foley said:“What we will be doing is continuing to be pro-active in the prevention, and vandalism we encounter. This will be the main focus of our activities.”

Two people are to appear in court next week over the recent vandalism.