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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Writing is on the wall for graffiti in election campaign

A DUBLIN local election candidate is going to extremes to impress her constituents -- by painting their houses.

Fianna Fail candidate for the Howth-Malahide ward Averil Power has launched a hands-on campaign against graffiti in the Fingal area.

Adopting a Ghostbusters, "who you going to call" type approach, her graffiti squad are hoping to tackle the problem head on.

At present, Fingal County Council do not take responsibility for graffiti painted on private property, even if the property is facing on to public areas.



Mess

And according to Ms Power, residents in the area are left to carry the cost of cleaning up the mess created by anti-social behaviour.

As a result, many residents simply leave the graffiti, to the detriment of their local community.

"It damages the appearance of our neighbourhoods, creates a dreadful first impression for visitors and undermines the overall impression of an area as a place to live, to work and to do business in," Ms Power told the Herald.

"It can also lead to an overall lack of respect for our public places, with increased littering and anti-social behaviour.

"Over many years, Fingal County Council has failed to prioritise removing graffiti from public buildings. They also completely refuse to take responsibility for removing graffiti from private property, even where private walls face public spaces.

Ms Power added: "Graffiti affects the whole neighbourhood and not just the owner of the property. It is unfair that homeowners are left to paint over it themselves."

kdoyle@herald.ie

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