'Arson' forces out mother and daughters from home
A mother and her two young daughters have been forced out of their brand new Dublin home due to an arson attack.
Toni Reid and her daughters, aged 9 and 5, happily posed for photographs alongside Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy last month when they became the first family to avail of a new State housing scheme.
The delighted family, who had been living in hotels for the past two years, were the first to secure a home under the State's new Repair and Leasing scheme.
It allows local authorities to enter into long-term leases with property owners in exchange for a grant of up to €40,000 to bring vacant residential properties up to standard.
But the family were made temporarily homeless again after a fire - which gardaí believe was intentionally set - gutted the entrance hall and caused substantial damage to the semi-detached home in Ballyfermot early yesterday morning.
Gardaí last night confirmed they were treating the incident as a case of suspected arson.
Fortunately, Ms Reid and her daughters were not at home when the fire broke out around 1:30am.
Ms Reid was too upset to talk about the incident when contacted yesterday. However, a spokesman for the Peter McVerry Trust, which has been working with the family, said they have been re-housed with the charity and may not return to their new home.