‘Wanton destruction’ leaves residents mystified

Sinn Féin Cllr. Gerry McMonagle is urging anyone who knows who carried out the systematic destruction of a number of cars in Letterkenny early on Tuesday morning to pass on their identities to gardaí.

Sinn Féin Cllr. Gerry McMonagle is urging anyone who knows who carried out the systematic destruction of a number of cars in Letterkenny early on Tuesday morning to pass on their identities to gardaí.

At about 5am on Tuesday, a number of youths reportedly kicked the wing mirrors off cars and broke car windows from the Beechwood area through to Sliabh Sneacht. About eight cars were damaged, in an act the councillor called, “pure, senseless, wanton destruction”.

“I would love to sit down with the young people and ask them why they did it,” he said. “Is it something that we’re failing them?” He said there were a number of youth groups, support groups and community groups in the town.

“I’m just mystified why someone would feel the need to kick wing mirrors off perfectly good cars,” he said. The residents themselves were mystified, he said.

The youths have been described as 15 or 16 years of age.

Cllr. McMonagle said he would like the young people responsible to meet the people whose cars they damaged, to explain their actions and to take responsibility for restitution.

“Young people need to face up to their responsibilities, especially when they act irresponsibly,” he said. “They need to be shown the distress their actions have caused.”

Residents of the Ashbrook cul-de-sac have asked the councillor about the possibility of fencing off their homes from Gartan Field, and Cllr. McMonagle said he will raise the issue at Monday’s town council meeting.

The town councillor also said the incident highlighted the need for better protection for the community.

“I would appeal to the senior garda management in the county to look again at how it deploys its resources,” he said. “It is quite clear to the public out there that as regards personnel and resources, that we are under-manned and under-resourced in this county, and it is high time that senior management figures in the gardaí here in Donegal do something about this.”