Vandals who damaged trees should be flogged with the branches they broke off, a town mayor has suggested.
The mayor of Letterkenny, Gerry McMonagle, reacted with fury after vandals tore branches off mature trees on the main road into Letterkenny, Co Donegal, over the weekend.
The route is popular with walkers, and the local council has spent years developing and tending to the trees.
Mr McMonagle said the vandals were nothing more than “senseless morons”, adding that flogging those responsible with the very branches that they ripped off would not be a bad idea.
“I can’t tell you how infuriated and angry I am,” said Mr McMonagle. “These people are nothing better than senseless morons.
“The Tidy Towns committee has spent years trying to develop these trees so they give a good impression on the way into our town.
“And overnight the idiots come along and try to undo all that good work. People might think I’m reacting a little bit strongly here but I would go as far as to say that these people should be flogged with the branches that they ripped from those beautiful trees.”
He said those responsible will hopefully face the courts. “This particular area is well covered by the town’s CCTV system and I will be trying my best to ensure that whoever did this is identified,” he said.
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