22 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The recent revival of the plaza area in The Diamond in Monaghan Town as an unofficial venue for skateboarding activities provoked concern about public safety when discussed at Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council – and prompted calls for measures to be taken to put an end to the practice.

The issue was raised by Fine Gael councillor Tommy Hagan, who said he had witnessed at least 20 young people skateboarding and cycling in The Diamond on Sunday night, with some leaping on their skateboards from the bandstand onto the pavement.

“Someone will be injured,” he forecast, calling for a ‘No Skateboarding’ sign to be erected in the area.

Colr Hagan also voiced the fear that if anything happened to one of the skateboarders in this location, they could take a claim against the Council.

He thought a railing should be put around the bandstand to prevent skateboarders accessing it. “It has got out of hand,” he stated, adding that a pregnant lady who had been walking by was almost hit recently by one of the skateboards.

The Cathaoirleach (Seamus Treanor) agreed that this behaviour was “totally unacceptable”.
Robbie Gallagher said the Council had been discussing skateboarding activities in …

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