Sunday 25 September 2016

'Mindless vandalism' - Cars outside count centre 'keyed' in random attack

Brendan Furlong

Published 29/02/2016 | 19:56

Fine Gael's Michael D'Arcy (left) and Fine Gael's Paul Kehoe photographed at the announcement of the result where they got the final 2 seats. Photo; Mary Browne
Fine Gael's Michael D'Arcy (left) and Fine Gael's Paul Kehoe photographed at the announcement of the result where they got the final 2 seats. Photo; Mary Browne

A Senator and vote counters at the Wexford General Election count centre were victims of a random attack on cars parked on the roadside near the centre.

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A number of cars, among them the car of Kilkenny-based fine Gael Senator Pat O’Neill, were extensively ‘keyed’ with deep scratches along door panels as they attended the count centre in St. Joseph’s Club just outside the town.

Showing photographs of the damage, Sen. O’Neill said it appeared as if the damage was caused by a sharp object such as a ‘key’. The object, he said, was dragged along the passengers door panels causing extensive damage.

Sen. O’Neill estimated the cost of repairs would be in the region of €1000.  The total damage to some ten cars would come into the region of €10,000 for what, he asked.

However, it’s believed that it was not political, as Sen. O’Neill said there were no political posters or badges on his car.

‘It was just mindless vandalism,’ he said.

The damaged cars were parked on the roadway near the count centre and was not in a prohibited parking area.

The remaining cars were also extensively damaged with count worker, Anna Grainer saying ‘my car was even more extensively damaged that Sen. O’Neill’s.’

Gardai said a complaint has been made and the matter is under investigation.

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