A building which hosts a specialised early years service for children in Clondalkin has been forced to close after a truck was rammed into its front doors.
Deansrath Family Centre in Clondalkin provides services to 50 children, many of whom have physical or intellectual disabilities.
Following a shocking truck ramming incident at 7.30am on Monday the Centre has closed after the building was declared structurally unsound by the HSE.
Staff at the centre have been trying to find accommodation for essential family services such as early years service (pre school including hot meals), family support, play therapy, loss and bereavement counselling and safe space for separated families.
The Deansrath Centre, which provides support to families by offering art therapy, play therapy, family one-to-ones and family access service, has catered for support services hundreds of families in the Clondalkin area.
That is all now in jeopardy as the centre is closed.
“The attack on Deansrath has come as a terrible shock to all the staff and families who use the centre daily, we have never experiences any incident like this in the 20 odd years we have been here in Clondalkin” said Siobhan Feehan CEO of Deansrath Family Centre.
“Luckily nobody was hurt as at 7.30 in the morning when the truck rammed the centre children would have been coming here looking for their breakfast”, she added.
“We were already looking at fundraising for a new centre as we are full at capacity in Deansrath but we will certainly be needing a new one now” said Feehan.
The HSE engineering department declared the building unsafe on Monday and Gardai are investigating the attack.