ADDITIONAL security measures have been put in place at Brannigans Pub on Mulgrave Street in an effort to stop it being targeted by vandals and thieves.
The pub, which is owned by businessman Steve Collins, has been closed since it was extensively damaged in an arson attack in 2005.
Brannigans was also the location where Mr Collins step-son, Ryan Lee was shot and seriously injured during an incident in 2004.
Although there are proposals to redevelop Brannigans, the premises has attracted antisocial elements in recent months.
It has been broken into on several occasions and copper thieves have also targeted it.
Earlier this week, the front of the pub was painted and tidied up and additional security fencing has also been erected in an effort to stop antisocial behaviour and criminality.
“People have been breaking into it and slipping lead and taking anything copper out of it and they have stripped it all out of the place,” said Steve Collins, whose son Roy was murdered near the Roxboro Shopping centre more than two years ago.
“We have secured it a bit more and we have painted it to make it look bit tidier to keep it in line with the neighbouring buildings,” added Steve who said he is anxious that Brannigans does not become an eyesore.
“Just because you are not using a building, it should not be let run into disrepair. It should be kept tidy and that is what we have been trying to do”.
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