Wednesday 23 October 2019

Thirty laptops taken in Monageer NS burglary

PUPILS AND staff at Monageer national school returned from the Easter break yesterday (Monday) to find that the campus had been looted of thousands of euro worth of equipment. Intruders who entered the school overnight removed 30 laptop computers, along with cameras, printers and digital recorders.

They also made off with the hard-drive from the school's CCTV system, to ensure that there was no record of their illicit nocturnal visit. Their efforts prompted Monageer principal Andrew Hanrahan to issue a warning to other schools, advising them to be aware that their valuable ICT apparatus is of potential interest to criminals.

Children at the 132-pupil school were given an unwanted lesson in Garda procedures as the premises was given a thorough examination by a forensics team on Monday. It is believed that the same raiders were also responsible for a break-in on Sunday night/ Monday morning at the nearby GAA club grounds.

Principal Hanrahan complimented the way that his students managed to concentrate on their lessons despite all the disruption. He revealed that the 30 laptops were taken despite the fact that they had been stored in a strong-room in line with security procedures.

At a cost of €400 to €500 each, they cost a total of around €13,000. Most of the money came from the Department of Education in the form of a grant but some of the cash was generated through fundraisers run by a hard working parents' council.

Enniscorthy gardaí have also been called to investigate a break in at a premises in Coolgarrow near Monageer. A quantity of carpet was taken from the warehouse over the weekend.

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