Man charged with fire at Letterkenny apartment block

Damage estimated at 500,000 euro

Man charged with fire at Letterkenny apartment block

The underground car park at Rosemount Lane, Letterkenny where nine cars were damaged by fire in the early hours of Thursday morning. Photo Thomas Gallagher INDD 020916 TG5

A 30-year-old man has appeared in court charged in connection with a fire in Letterkenny that is estimated to have caused €500,000 of damage.

Nine cars were destroyed in the fire at a carpark under an apartment complex at Rosemount Lane in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Paul McGinley of Glen Hola, Gortahork appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court on Friday morning on ten charges connected to the incident.

Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Judge Paul Kelly that estimates put the damage in the region of half a million euro. She said specialist engineers will be assessing the scene on Friday and that a combination of structural damage and smoke damage to apartments and shops will see the cost run into hundreds of thousands of euro.

Garda Emmet Brady of Letterkenny Garda Station told the court he charged McGinley at 10.34 pm on Thursday. McGinley made no reply to nine charges of criminal damage and one charge of burglary.

During the 20-minute hearing Inspector Sheridan objected to bail because of the seriousness of the charges and the extent of the damage caused. She added that McGinley will be facing more serious charges relating to the incident.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client did not pose a flight risk and did not hold a passport.

Judge Kelly said he was refusing bail because he was concerned that was a risk McGinley would not appear at his trial. He remanded McGinley in custody to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Monday, October 3rd.

The court heard that a second man arrested in connection to the incident is in Letterkenny University Hospital for supervision.