Councillor burned out of house after taking a stand
TAKING a stand against anti-social youths almost cost Chris O'Leary and his family their lives, writes Ralph Riegel.
The Sinn Fein councillor adopted a tough stance on the issue after joining Cork City Council in 2003.
He was particularly outspoken about the problem in his native Mahon, where some people were making life a total misery for their neighbours. But his campaign didn't go down well with everyone and his home soon became the target of vandals and eventually a petrol-bomb attack in July 2006.
Luckily, Chris, his wife Angela and 12-year-old daughter Orla escaped unharmed.
"There were five separate attacks on my house before the fire-bomb attack," he said.
A teenager was later sentenced to five years in prison for the arson attack.