Fine Gael T.D, Frances Fitzgerald, has expressed her dismay at the continued vandalism of local flowerpots in the Clondalkin Area.
Hanging-baskets on Tower Road were destroyed outside local businesses last weekend – which resulted in severe damage to shrubbery and mass-soiling of pavements.
“I am hugely disappointed by this reckless act. The Clondalkin Tidy Towns Committee work tirelessly to ensure the cleanliness of our village. It also provides a real boost of colour for the community and creates a healthy environment for tourism in the area.
“This is not the first time that this has happened – and I know that a number of similar incidents occurred during the summer months when flower pots and local decorative flower barrels were either damaged or stolen.
“The work of the Clondalkin Tidy Towns Committee and efforts of local businesses have suffered a small setback through this recent act of vandalism – however, I know that they will demonstrate the same level of professionalism and attention to detail as they prepare for this year’s competition – now in its 61st year.
“This year, €3,000 and €2000 was awarded to the Clondalkin Tidy Towns and North Clondalkin Tidy Towns Committees respectively by Minister Ring and his Department.
“Our local Tidy Towns volunteers are a credit to our community. I encourage anyone who feels strongly about our community and our environment to get involved with Tidy Towns.”