Dublin Fire Brigade have urged members of the community to report any suspicious behaviour to gardaí, following a fire which damaged a playground at Weaver Park in Dublin city.
The fire broke out shortly before 6.30pm on Sunday evening in a playground at Weaver Park off Cork Street.
One engine from Dolphin's Barn responded to the incident following an emergency call, and the fire was quickly extinguished.
No injuries were reported following the fire, however the playground has sustained damage.
Gardaí have confirmed they are investigating the incident, and that at this stage no arrests have been made.
Local politicians and local community groups have condemned the incident, and called for action to ensure it does not happen again.
The Liberties Business Area Improvement Initiative said that the fire showed "disdain" for the wider community, as well as for the huge time and effort that went into creating the park.
How appalling to see such wonton destruction of a local amenity. Such disdain for the wider community. Such disdain for the huge time and effort that went into creating this beautiful park. #WeaverPark pic.twitter.com/r9aAj0WAEs— The Liberties Dublin (@libertiesdublin) October 9, 2022
It said the facility was already repaired earlier this year after a previous fire.
"The play equipment was bespoke designed, meant to celebrate the area’s local history. And to be safe and fun to use. Instant repair is just not simple," it added.
Green Party TD for Dublin South Central and party spokesperson for Justice Patrick Costello said he will be speaking to local gardaí to ensure they have what they need to protect the community.
"This is not the first time this has happened to Weaver Park. I will be speaking with local gardaí to ensure they have what they need to protect the community and to stop this happening again, and again," he wrote on social media.
Fine Gael Senator Mary Seery Kearney described it as an "awful attack on a community where public spaces dedicated to children are in short supply".
She added: "It isn’t the first playground to be so deliberately destroyed. This attack must have a Dublin City Council and garda combined urgent response."