Park lighting calls get hearing

by Gazette Reporter
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Tir na nOg Park is in the news again this week, with repeated calls for lighting following reports of a naked man lurking around prefabs at Castleknock Community College.
This occurred adjacent to the park where a woman was attacked on October 18. This was inaccurately reported in the media as having occurred at Castleknock College (St Vincent’s).
A 10-year-old boy witnessed the man, who is described as bald, five-feet 10-inches in height and around 35 years of age.
Meanwhile, gardai investigating the sexual assault on a woman in Tir na nOg have released a description of the attacker.
The man is described as being Caucasian, 5ft 8 inches or 5ft 9 inches tall, aged in his late 20s, with straight brown hair which is short at the back and longer in the front.
He wore braces on his teeth. He spoke good English with a foreign accent. He was wearing a grey hoody and dirty beige trousers at the time of the incident.
While the two descriptions do not match, gardai are now investigating whether there is a link between the two incidents.
In relation to the assault on a woman in Tir na nOg gardai are also appealing for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly those who were in the vicinity of the park on the morning of Saturday, October 18 between the hours of 6.45am and 7.45am to contact them at Blanchardstown Garda station on 01 6667000,
The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.
Anyone who may have noticed any activity in the park over the last number of weeks are also asked to call Blanchardstown Garda Station.
A Garda source has also confirmed to the Gazette that the team investigating these incidents includes community police at Blanchardstown along with members of the District Detective Unit and is being led by the superintendent and detective inspector.
The source could not say what stage the investigation was at, but went on to say that door-to-door enquiries are currently being made in the area.
At a recent area committee meeting councillors raised the issue and discussed the need for lighting. Cllr Ted Leddy (FG) said: “I think the incident at Tir na nOg Park does merit specific attention, you have a large population around Anfield, Fernleigh, Luttrell Park, Luttrell Close and so on. If they [the residents] want to walk to the shops they have to walk through that park, and it is quite secluded and quite dark in areas.”
Following the meeting, Cllr Roderic O’Gorman (GP) confirmed: “The council management stated that the costings for putting lights along the pathway at the boundary of Tir na nOg Park and Castleknock Community College were currently being drawn up.
“They are reasonably confident that the work would be included in the works budget for 2015.”

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