Thieves strike at heart of Limerick village by stealing CE scheme equipment

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

The container that was broken into in the County Limerick village

The container that was broken into in the County Limerick village

THE THEFT of community employment scheme equipment in a County Limerick village has been described as “disheartening”.

The container in the Super Valu car-park in Castleconnell was broken into between 9pm and 11pm on Thursday evening. Three strimmers, three blowers and one hedge trimmer with a total estimated value of €3,500 were stolen.

There are 28 on the scheme who work diligently to improve the appearance of the pretty village and its outskirts.

“It is very disappointing for the community because we have worked so hard and it has been our community who have helped us to fund all that equipment. We have been buying it bit by bit from donations and church gate collections. To see it gone overnight is disheartening,” said supervisor, Louise Madden.

“It is upsetting that a person or people don’t seem to value what we do,” said Louise, who has been overwhelmed by the amount of positive messages she has got from locals and businesses.

“When you see that reaction you can’t stay down for too long. You have to get up and show the good side. It is not going to stop those on the scheme. They are committed to the village and work very hard,” said Louise.

As the criminals left brushes and shovels the streets were continued to be cleaned this Monday morning. However, the stolen equipment was vital for the community employment scheme to cut grass in the river park, graveyards, Daly’s cross and many more locations.

To start fundraising to buy replacements, a coffee morning takes place in the parish hall on Tuesday, March 5 from 10am to noon.

Anybody with any information on the theft is asked to contact Castleconnell gardai on 061 377105.