Thursday 14 December 2017

Councillor Mannix Flynn on 'sinister' attack on office: 'Some people are hell-bent on causing trouble'

Mannix Flynn's vandalised gallery on 18 Ormond Quay Dublin 1.
Mannix Flynn's vandalised gallery on 18 Ormond Quay Dublin 1.
Mannix Flynn's vandalised gallery on 18 Ormond Quay Dublin 1
Mannix Flynn's vandalised gallery on 18 Ormond Quay Dublin 1.
Mannix Flynn's vandalised gallery on 18 Ormond Quay Dublin 1.
Mannix Flynn's vandalised gallery on 18 Ormond Quay Dublin 1.
Mannix Flynn's vandalised gallery on 18 Ormond Quay Dublin 1.
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A Dublin councillor whose office was vandalised has described the attack as 'sinister' and said there are some people who are 'hell-bent on causing trouble'.

Mannix Flynn believes his office was vandalised due to his support of tougher busking regulation in Dublin city centre.

Speaking to RTE Radio One's Marian Finucane show, Mr Flynn said he awoke after an empty beer barrel was thrown through one of the building’s windows at approximately 3.30am on Wednesday morning.

"We get emails and texts that can be abusive, but this was very sinister," he said.

"I went downstairs after I heard the smashing glass. There was graffiti on the walls. The clear message was 'we won't pay to play'."

Mr Flynn said there were also references to his childhood in an industrial school.

"There were creepy remarks about my childhood in an industrial school," he continued.

"I've made my story about my childhood public and I've been active in bringing transparency and accountability... but the last I expected was a testimony I'd given to the State to appear in the window.

"It was more or less saying 'Did you not learn your lesson by being x-y-z by the brothers at the x-y-z," Mr Flynn said, censoring the graffiti's crude language.

Mr Flynn said he was 'shocked' after the incident.

"I am quite shocked. I have been targeted personally in my job as a councillor.

"I am active and very vocal and I'm out on the streets, you see this intimidation happening to the Tanaiste and the President and the Irish Water workers trying to put down meters... I didn't expect this kind of planned intimidation to happen to me.

"The people who did this need to be held accountable," he continued.

"Someone felt it was their right to target me personally, this wasn't something that was done by accident. We can all get boisterous, but there's an element here of people who are just hell-bent on creating trouble."

The councillor shared images of the damage to his Ormond Quay office on Twitter.

He said about €1,000 of damage was caused and gardai are investigating the incident.

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