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Ballyshannon Fire Latest: “Will someone have to be seriously hurt?” asked Deputy Thomas Pringle

The house at Parkhill, Ballyshannon destroyed by fire at 3am on Monday morning. Photo Thomas Gallagher 1402TG02

The house at Parkhill, Ballyshannon destroyed by fire at 3am on Monday morning. Photo Thomas Gallagher 1402TG02

Deputy Thomas Pringle has condemned what he describes in a statement as an “arson attack” on a house in Parkhill, Ballyshannon that was intended to house a Traveller family.

Gardaí so far have opted to describe the fire which destroyed the 230,000 euro home as “suspicious” and are investigating.

Deputy Pringle said the fire was the “inevitable outcome of the reckless remarks of local councillors in recent weeks”.

He added: “Donegal County Council bought the house for a Traveller family and local councillors Seán McEniff and Eugene Dolan made racist statements about the decision, and last night the house was burned.

“The council will now have to repair the house before they can allocate it to the family and this will just add extra costs for the council. It would have been better for the local councillors to have taken a constructive approach, working towards ensuring that the family received all the support they required and work with the community to make sure that there was a smooth transition for the family.

“Luckily there were no injuries last night but will it take someone to be seriously hurt before these councillors take responsibility for their words and actions?” asked Deputy Pringle in a statement issued on Monday evening.

 
 
 

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