Saturday 20 December 2014

Minister’s car stolen outside his Dublin office

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 31/03/2014 | 07:10

Joe Costello,Labour deputy for Dublin Central  at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 26/7/11
Joe Costello

THIEVES stole junior minister Joe Costello’s car from outside his constituency office as he was working inside.

The Labour TD fears it will  be abandoned or burned out by those who took it.

But it could also be used in crime as vehicles are often hidden away before they are used as getaway cars.

Gardai are investigating the theft of the Skoda Octavia from Aughrim Street on Saturday.

Speaking to the Herald, Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Costello said he was glad  there had been nothing important stored inside.

“It's a nuisance, that's for sure,” he added. “I'm hoping it will be recovered as I have a number of ministerial engagements lined up.”

Mr Costello said the car was locked and parked outside his constituency office in the Dublin Central ward.

He believes thieves may have used force to open the vehicle before fleeing the scene.

This is the second time he has had his car stolen since being elected as to the Dail. But he is not the first politician to fall victim to crime.

Last Christmas, Reform Alliance TD and former European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton’s home in south Dublin was burgled. The property was ransacked but little of note was actually taken.

She and her husband, Senator Paul Bradford, were visiting family in Mayo when the incident happened.

Ms Creighton said the “wake-up call” had taught her to make her home more secure.

The home of the Justice

Minister Alan Shatter has also been robbed in the past.

Daragh Heavey (27), of Moeran Road, Walkinstown, was handed a three-year sentence last year after he pleaded guilty  to burgling the minister’s home in Delbrook, Ballinteer, on March 18, 2012.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told that when Heavey was informed by

gardai that Mr Shatter owned the property, he replied:

“Who's that?”

Last month, Fine Gael backbencher Olivia Mitchell had her purse stolen by a pickpocket while she travelling on the Luas Green line.

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