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Arsonists attack housing officer's home

GARDAI are being urged to investigate whether an arson attack on the home of a senior council official is linked in any way to her job in Dublin City Council's housing department.

Councillors have condemned the attack on the official's house, which happened while she and her family were at home.

Councillors who may have information on the source of the attack have also been urged to go to the police.

Some slight damage was caused to the front door of the official's house when an incendiary device was thrown at the home just before 11pm on July 30 last.

A number of days later, the cars in the official's driveway were damaged in an arson attack.

She has been off work since the incident, while the motive for the attack remains unclear.

Describing the attack as "an appalling act of cowardice" Cllr Christy Burke (Ind) urged anyone with any information on the attack to contact the gardai so the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Cllr Mannix Flynn (Ind) described the incident as a "horrendous and vicious attack", and he wished the official a speedy recovery.

He said he has "no idea" if the attack was work-related but said the gardai need to get to the bottom of what happened.

Labour's Eric Byrne, who works closely with the official on the Housing SPC, said he was very upset to hear of the attack, which he described as "an act of thuggery".

Sinn Fein councillor Dessie Ellis described the official as a "fine public servant", and said any attempt to intimidate a staff member of Dublin City Council had to be condemned.

Fine Gael Mayor of Dublin Cllr Gerry Breen is set to visit the woman to convey the sympathy and support of all the councillors.