Children’s safety ‘at risk’ in bottle-strewn Millennium Playground say Greens

Green candidate Paulline O'Reilly with volunteers at the recent clean-up.

Green candidate Paulline O'Reilly with volunteers at the recent clean-up.

Children who use the Millennium Playground may be “at risk” owing to the number of cans and glass bottles that are strewn around the park, according to a member of the Galway Green Party.

Green Party candidate for Galway West Pauline O’Reilly has called on the Galway City Council to “clean up its act” regarding litter in the Millennium playground. She made her comments after she organised a clean-up of the park this weekend.

“We found around 100 cans and glass bottles in the bushes throughout the park,” she said. “This is of huge concern to parents. Not only is litter unsightly, but the amount of glass present is a safety hazard for small children who are naturally adventurous. It is great we have these amenities available in the city, but when they become a hazard something needs to be done.”

Ms O’Reilly said the potential for injuries in not being highlighted. Speaking about the news that Galway city has lost its ‘Clean Status’ according to the latest IBAL survey, she said, “We found signage coverage in algae and graffiti, but my biggest concern was the glass.”

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