Van­dals blamed for Sea life Cen­tre flood

May 2003

Bray People - - NEWS -

Man­age­ment of the Na­tional Seal­ife Cen­tre in Bray be­lieve van­dals may have been be­hind an at­tack which forced the cen­tre to close dur­ing the busy Easter pe­riod.

Staff and man­age­ment alike spent Wed­nes­day in their waders mop­ping up af­ter what ap­pears to have been a cal­lous act of van­dal­ism which left parts of the aquatic cen­tre un­der six inches of water.

Ap­par­ently, a water hose from an ad­ja­cent derelict build­ing was turned on overnight on Tues­day and the water en­tered the Seal­ife build­ing and spread through the of­fices, staff area and dis­play ar­eas un­til de­tected by staff at the cen­tre on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Mark Oak­ley, PR for the Seal­ife group said that thank­fully none of the dis­plays were dam­aged as the water had en­tered the build­ing at ground level.

How­ever, the chil­dren’s area was com­pletely flooded, as was the stock room area where a range of cud­dly toys and con­fec­tionary were kept.

‘It’s im­pos­si­ble to give an ac­cu­rate assess­ment of the dam­age, but a few thou­sand euro worth of stock has been com­pletely de­stroyed,’ he said.

Mem­bers of the Gar­daí in­ves­ti­gated the scene and are now fol­low­ing a def­i­nite line of en­quiry af­ter it emerged that a num­ber of sky­lights above the staff area had been smashed in the in­ci­dent.

The in­ci­dent couldn’t have hap­pened at a worse time for the Seal­ife cen­tre, as the Easter hol­i­days is tra­di­tion­ally one of the busiest times of the year.

Some 2,000 visi­tors were ex­pected through its doors over the week, and the loss of this rev­enue comes as a ma­jor blow to the cen­tre, just as the sum­mer sea­son ap­proaches.

Man­ager of the Seal­ife cen­tre, Pat O Suil­leab­hain was clearly up­set by what he called a ‘mind­less act of van­dal­ism’.

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