The Lord Mayor of Cork has said he is “sick to death” of arson attacks on buildings in the county and described it as a “major issue”.
Gardaí are currently investigating a suspected arson attack early Saturday morning that damaged an historic mill in Ballincollig.
Lord Mayor Colm Kelleher represents the town as a councillor and says it is far from an isolated incidence:
“This is a spate of arson attacks that have been occurring in the park in more recent months,” he told Newstalk.
“It started with park benches and stuff like that and now it’s progressively getting worse.
“I’m sick to death of this almost on a weekly basis being presented with vandalism and arson down our beautiful regional park.
“Something has to be done about it. It’s a major issue.”
Cllr Kelleher says that is very important that anyone who can help Gardaí with their investigation comes forward:
“Someone has woken up this morning with maybe an individual at home that may have a smell of accelerant off their clothes or something,” he continued.
“Or they have seen something in the area and I would just appeal to those people that this is our history that has been stolen from us and burnt to the ground this morning and anyone with any information please contact Ballincollig Garda station.”
Main image: Garda car. Picture by: Andy Gibson / Alamy Stock Photo