'Malicious' vandals hit social houses due to be handed over
Gardaí have launched an investigation after social houses due to be turned over to the council in two weeks' time were vandalised.
Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor said that "tens of thousands" worth of damage was done to the new homes at Carraigbrook, Tullow Road, Carlow, with most of the copper pipes removed.
Between eight and 12 houses were damaged in the attack out of a total of 63 on the site being prepared for housing schemes.
The senator estimates that the cost of repairing the damage will come in at more than €15,000.
"It's malicious. It was very bad vandalism," Ms Murnane O'Connor said.
"It's unacceptable, and it's very disappointing to see when we have a housing crisis.
"There's over 13,000 people on the waiting list for a home with Carlow County Council."
The houses have not yet been handed over to the council for resident allocation, but Ms Murnane O'Connor believes that families will now be waiting an extra three to four weeks before they can move in.
A Garda spokesperson confirmed that officers are investigating "multiple incidents of criminal damage caused to houses on a building site".