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Arson attack at social housing building site condemned

19 December, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan has described an arson attack on a JCB and its driver in Cherry Orchard this evening as brutal and cowardly and called on the Gardaí to ensure that workers on the site are safe.

Speaking this evening Councillor Doolan said;

“Today's attack on a building site worker in Cherry Orchard was brutal and cowardly.

"We are very lucky that the attack was not fatal. It is an attack on the whole community, particularly those waiting to be housed.

"A totally innocent man going about his work to provide social housing was brutally attacked.

"It was wrong and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Our thoughts are with the man and his family. We wish him a speedy recovery.

“The response from the community has been of revulsion at the attack. I have been inundated with messages from the residents supporting the workers on the site. Local people will not be bullied by the criminals involved in today's attack.

"We need a full and adequate response from the Gardaí . All the resources required must be made available to ensure site workers receive protection that allows them go about their business.

"I have supported the building of the these houses from the start and I will continue to work with locals and builders to ensure his project is completed."

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