Arson attack is a disgraceful act

The arson attack on three Gardai cars in Knockbridge has been condemned by local Local independent TD Peter Fitzpatrick.
The cars were parked in a housing estate in Knockbridge and at this stage of the investigations by Gardaí it is thought that one of the vehicles were set on fire which subsequently resulted in two other cars being damaged also. A statement from Gardaí confirmed that nobody had been injured during the attack.
“Gardai in Dundalk are investigating an incident of criminal damage that occurred to a car at a house in Knockbridge, Dundalk in the early hours this morning April 10. Two other cars were also damaged in the process. No persons injured, and investigations are ongoing,” read the statement.
Responding to the incident Peter Fitzpatrick called upon authorities to do everything in their powers to find out who was responsible for this attack.
“I hope there is a full and through investigation to get to the bottom of who carried out this cowardy and disgraceful act. I would be very surprised if this wasn’t picked up on CCTV. The house as far as I’m aware is at the back of the housing estate in Knockbridge and I would guess that a number of houses have picked up images of the person or people going in and coming out of the estate.
“Gardaí are here to protect and serve us and I find it absolutely shocking that somebody would go to their home houses and attack their property in such a way. The last thing an off duty Garda should have to put up with is somebody following them home and trying to intimidate them in this manner.
“I will be raising this issue with Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan and I will be asking for greater protection for off duty gardaí.
The Garda Representative Association echoed Deputy Fitzpatrick’s words stating that they hoped those responsible for the attack are brought to justice.
“The overnight attack on the private car of an off-duty Garda near Dundalk is not likely to be a coincidence and almost certainly connected to his work. Regrettably, the targeting of Gardai working to protect communities is becoming more common and shows the need for regular risk assessments to be carried out for officers investigating violent and serious crime.
“On behalf of all GRA members, I extend our support to these officers and offer any assistance we can. “Attacking the property of committed public servants who have been victimised for carrying out their duty is a serious crime and I very much hope those responsible are brought to justice as soon as possible and dealt with appropriately by the courts. “I urge anyone with information about this attack to contact Gardai.”

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