Taggers to clean up Limerick museum

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The four defendants - Jonathan Noonan, Ian Hopkins, Nathan Murray and Ruairi Fogarty - are due back before the court
FOUR young men who caused tens-of-thousands of euro worth of damage to buildings across the city are due to begin a clean-up of the Frank McCourt Museum later today.

FOUR young men who caused tens-of-thousands of euro worth of damage to buildings across the city are due to begin a clean-up of the Frank McCourt Museum later today.

Director of the museum, Una Heaton, says she has reached agreement with the youths who appeared before Limerick Court last week on criminal damage charges.

The four defendants are: Jonathan Noonan, aged 19, of Upper Cecil Street; Rory Fogarty, aged 19, of Drominbeg, Rhebogue; Nathan Murray, aged 19, of Mahon House, Upper William Street and Ian Hopkins, aged 21, of Kildoorus, Clonlara .

Last week, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendants had “tagged” or sprayed graffiti on dozens of buildings across the city over a sustained period last summer.

A variety of public and privately-owned buildings including shops, business premises, schools and sporting facilities were damaged.

Addressing the court, Ms Heaton said the cost of the damage at the Frank McCourt Museum alone could be as high as €4,500 and she added that it would have to be cleaned professionally as it is a listed building.

After all four men were placed in custody for over an hour, lawyers representing them said they were willing to carry out voluntary work at the museum over the coming weeks.

According to Ms Heaton, who met with the each of the defendants following the court proceedings, they have agreed to begin that work this morning.

“I made it my business to meet them because I feel that when you make eye-contact with people you can see how remorseful they are. They seem very remorseful and they are probably young kids who don’t realise the seriousness of the building (museum) and the damage they have done but I hope that they will come in and clean up as much as they can,” she said.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly adjourned the case until July 17, when he will seek an progress report from Ms Heaton.