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Ireland 'Arson attack' at home of Sinn Féin TD condemned as 'sinister' and 'shocking'

08:40  29 october  2019
08:40  29 october  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the suspected arson attack at the home of Mr Kenny, her party's justice spokesman. She added: "An attack on the home or property of an elected public representative is a deeply serious and sinister development.

Sinn Féin has said that one of its TDs, Martin Kenny, has been the subject of an apparent arson attack at his Condemning the incident, Mr Varadkar said it was an " attack on democracy in itself". Sinister and shocking arson attack on the car of Martin Kenny TD at his home early this morning.

Martin Kenny wearing a suit and tie: Target: Martin Kenny had previously told of threats he received. Photo: Mark Marlow/Rollingnews Target: Martin Kenny had previously told of threats he received. Photo: Mark Marlow/Rollingnews

Gardaí are probing a suspected arson attack targeting a TD whose car was set alight outside his family home. One line of inquiry being investigated is that the fire bomb attack on the car is linked to death threats received by Martin Kenny over his advocacy for people seeking asylum in Ireland. Gardaí are officially treating the burning of the car belonging to the Sinn Féin TD in Aughavas, Co Leitrim, as "criminal damage".

It is suspected that the car was deliberately set alight after Mr Kenny (48) became a target of abuse over his support for those seeking refuge in Ireland and his criticism of those against it. The 2012-registered car was found ablaze at a house at Cloonsarne, Aughavas, Mohill, at 2.30am yesterday in what has been described as a "deliberate and targeted" attack.

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Image caption Martin Kenny is the TD for Sligo-Leitrim. Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny has said an arson attack at his County Leitrim home was "crazy and A residents' group opposed to the asylum seekers has condemned the incident and distanced itself from it. When Mr Kenny looked out of the window of

' Arson attack ' at home of Sinn Féin TD condemned as ' sinister ' and ' shocking '. In a statement, the Ballinamore Community Group said: "We condemn , in the strongest possible terms, the news of criminal acts being perpetrated against Martin Kenny TD and his property.

It is understood Mr Kenny and his family were left very shaken by the incident. Last week, Mr Kenny spoke out in the Dáil against "fearmongering" about asylum seekers and the spread of "hatred" online and people who "peddle far-right ideology". He has been supportive of a proposal for asylum seekers to be accommodated in Ballinamore. There have been protests against the plans.

Charles Flanagan wearing a suit and tie: Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he was ‘appalled’. Photo: Mark Condren © Independent News & Media Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he was ‘appalled’. Photo: Mark Condren Mr Kenny told Ocean FM Radio last Friday that he had received "sinister communications" adding it "includes death threats in them, and threats to my family".

He said it was his job to "make a stand for people's rights" and added: "I will not be intimidated." Neighbours of Mr Kenny last night voiced their outrage at the incident. One man, who did not want to be named, said the arson attack was completely out of line.

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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 "A totally innocent man going about his work to provide social housing was brutally attacked . "It was wrong and should be condemned in the

He added: "Martin is very respected in this community, but his support of the asylum centre has caused of lot of controversy. "But no matter what your opinions are on this issue, you don't take it out on another man's home." Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the suspected arson attack at the home of Mr Kenny, her party's justice spokesman.

Ms McDonald said the car was set alight at around 2.30am yesterday in "what appears to have been a very deliberate and targeted attack". "Thankfully, no member of the Kenny family was injured, but it could easily have been different," Ms McDonald said. She added: "An attack on the home or property of an elected public representative is a deeply serious and sinister development.

Garda Siochana logo on Kevin Street District Garda Station in Dublin center. On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) © Artur Widak/NurPhoto Garda Siochana logo on Kevin Street District Garda Station in Dublin center. On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) "It represents an attack on the democratic system itself." Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also condemned the incident. "In a democracy, there is no excuse for violence or vandalism to pursue political aims. Ever," he said, adding: "It is an attack on democracy itself." In the post on Twitter, he said: "I totally condemn this act", as he appealed for anyone with information to contact gardaí.

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Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that, if as suspected, the fire at home of Eamon Foley at Seegronan Road outside Killeter last night was caused "If, as suspected, this fire last was caused by arson then it solves absolutely nothing. People with concerns about his presence in the area should

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Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said: "I am appalled by the attack on Deputy Kenny's vehicle. "In a democracy, we deliberate and debate - there is no place for violence. "An attack on an elected member is an attack on all of society. "It is an attack on democracy. I am asking anyone with information to please contact the gardaí," he added. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin called the incident "sinister and shocking".

Injuries

He said it was "an assault on our parliamentary democracy and those responsible must be brought to justice". A Garda spokesperson said yesterday: "Gardaí in Mohill, Co Leitrim, are investigating an incident of criminal damage by fire which occurred in the Aughavas area of Co Leitrim at approximately 2.30am this morning, Monday 28 October 2019.

"A car was discovered on fire at this location. "Gardaí and fire personnel attended the scene. The fire was contained to the car. "No other property was damaged and no injuries were reported. "A Garda forensic technical examination will now take place."

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