Minister shocked at mocking of van attack in parade

The Minister for Transport has said he was shocked at hearing how the burning of a road safety van was mocked in a Donegal St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The Minister for Transport has said he was shocked at hearing how the burning of a road safety van was mocked in a Donegal St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Speaking in the Dail, Leo Varadkar said he was horrified and appalled at attacks on road safety vans. The latest attack occurred in Inishowen earlier this month and there have been previous incidents in Louth and Wicklow.

A St. Patrick’s Day in Moville included a mocked up safety van being hit with hammers by masked men carrying petrol cans.

The minister said he was shocked after hearing how burning out road safety vans was actually promoted in one case. “Something that really concerns me is that there was a St Patrick’s Day parade in a certain part of Ireland where a float, more or less, mocked up the idea of one of these vans being burned-out. It really shocks me that people would even think that this is an appropriate response.”