Lochside Garage

Protesters condemn vandalism on estate

necOver the weekend, Irvinestown’s Necarne Estate was vandalised with black spray paint.
The words “Phone FDC Help Save Necarne” were spray painted on the side of one of the buildings on the estate. Local hotelier Joe Mahon was out for a walk on Monday afternoon with his dog when he came across the graffiti. As the Necarne Estate has on-site security on a Sunday, the vandalism is believed to have taken place on Sunday night.
The Ad Hoc Saving Necarne group, who have been campaigning for the public use of the estate, have released a statement condemning the graffiti and have urged whoever is responsible to clean it up.
“It is unnecessarily, unhelpful and even damaging to our campaign for anyone to break the law or act inappropriately. We will not support any illegal or inappropriate actions. If you or you know who has done this then please make sure they Google how to remove it and please get it removed as soon as possible.”
Joe Mahon, who is also vice-chairman of Necarne Community Group said, “It is something that I completely disagree with but I think people are trying to express themselves. We would encourage them to come along to our meetings and get involved to promote the case of Necarne rather than taking part in this sort of behaviour.”
A DAERA spokesman has addressed the issue of vandalism saying; “The Department is aware of the vandalism to the wall at Necarne and has reported it to the PSNI.”


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