Thursday 14 November 2019

Suspected arson at TD's home

Gardaí investigating after TD Martin Kenny's car found ablaze outside home

Ciara Galvin

Gardaí are investigating an apparent arson attack at the home of Sligo/Leitrim TD Martin Kenny.

The Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson's car was discovered ablaze in the early hours of Monday morning outside his home at Aughavas, Co Leitrim.

Deputy Kenny was at home with his wife Helen and four children when his car was discovered on fire at approximately 2.30am. No injuries were sustained and no damage was caused to the family home.

Politicians, including those across party divides condemned the attack, with Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan saying he was 'appalled'.

"In a democracy we deliberate and debate - there is no place for violence," he said in a statement.

Adding, "An attack on an elected member is an attack on all of society. It is an attack on democracy."

Last week Mr Kenny spoke supportively of a proposal for asylum seekers to be accommodated in Ballinamore.

He spoke in the Dáil against 'fearmongering' about asylum seekers. The Sligo/Leitrim TD reportedly received a death threat after his comments.

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald described the attack as a 'deeply serious and sinister development'.

"It represents an attack on the democratic system itself."

Meanwhile, constituency colleague Marc MacSharry TD described the attack as 'disgraceful' and said his thoughts were with Mr Kenny and his family. Mr Kenny was unavailable for comment at the time of going to print.

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