A LIMERICK city councillor is calling for the “naming and shaming” of individuals who are suspected of spraying graffiti on public structures across the city.
Former Mayor Joe Leddin says he has been inundated with complaints in recent weeks from residents and businesses a bout illegal graffiti.
“It is a disgrace and it cannot be allowed to continue and I will be calling for these people who are responsible to be named and shamed at the next meeting of the council,” he said adding that he also contacted gardai about the issue to voice his concerns and frustration.
Cllr Leddin says the authorities have identified those responsible and that a number of them are related to “prominent individuals in the city”.
“We know who they are and the book needs to be thrown at them regardless of who they are related to,” he said.
The Limerick Leader understands that a small number of young men have been issued with on-the-spot fines in recent weeks in relation to incidents of illegal graffiti and so called tagging across the city.
More than 40 fines (€150 each) have been issued by Limerick City Council and if they are not paid by the end of this month the local authority is likely to initiate court proceedings.
According to Cllr Leddin a particular problem emerged in the South Circular Road area where the perimeter wall of Mary Immaculate College and the walls of several private homes have been repeatedly targeted over the past six weeks.
He says those responsible for the vandalism are not from the area and he says residents are so angry the culprits will be “hung drawn and quartered” if they are caught.
“They are coming into the area under the cover of darkness and it nothing but a cynical criminal damage,” he said.
A private company was hired by some local residents to clean the graffiti and repaint the walls but the culprits targeted the same areas last week.
“The desecration of the colleges boundary walls in the same place every time they are repaired is the action of sick mindless thugs and they will be caught,” said Cllr Leddin who added that 24-hour patrols should be rolled out in the area if necessary.
“Members of the public must remain vigilant so that we can eradicate this problem,” he said.