In April this year, a 28-year-old woman, who did not wish to be named, said she had had her swimsuit stolen by an unidentified man.
“I had it on me for three days.
He took it out to the swimming pool and I couldn’t even swim in the pool because I was sweating,” she said.
I was sitting on the grass when I got the phone call.
It was my boyfriend and he said: ‘We’ve been stealing our swimsuits.
Please call the police’.
He was in his late 30s.
I didn’t know what to do.
He said: “You’ll get in trouble.
We have to go to the police and get the guy who stole it”.
We called the police station, they sent us to the local police station and we met the police officer who said: “We have a warrant for your arrest, we will arrest you for theft.”
We went back to the property and he handed us the warrant.
They gave us a bag, we went and bought it.
It took us about four hours to get the suit back.
It’s now back.
There is no law against wearing swimsuits on the beach, but the state’s anti-vandalism law applies in case of theft.
The state has been criticised by some for its response to the case.
The woman said the state was slow to take action.
“I feel the state did not respond properly and was not willing to do anything,” she told The Irish News.
“The police have a lot of responsibilities to take care of people and the state doesn’t have a strong approach.”
A spokesperson for the Irish Water said the swimming pools were equipped with CCTV cameras and there had been no reported incidents.
She added: “Swimming pools are designed to be a safe and fun environment for everyone to enjoy.
Any behaviour that breaches these rules is not tolerated.”
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