Sunday 26 January 2020

Two arrested after Chief Whip Paul Kehoe’s office set on fire

Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe
Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

TWO men are being held by gardai after Minister of State Paul Kehoe’s constituency office and a Fine Gael party organiser’s office were allegedly burgled and set on fire.

Gardai are investigating whether the incidents, which happened in the early hours of this morning in New Ross, Co Wexford, were politically motivated.

The office of Martin Lawlor, a solicitor in the town and a Fine Gael party organiser, was also attacked.

Both incidents happened at around 3am and a car also found burnt out in the town. Two men aged 21 and 33 were arrested shortly after.

The fires were quickly put out and there were no injuries. 

“There are people living in an apartment overhead so it could have been a lot more serious,” the minister told the Irish Independent.

“This is not going to deter me from operating in New Ross,” he added.

The suspects are being held in New Ross garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

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