Defiant Irish councillor issues warning as horror snaps show home attack aftermath with thousands worth of damage
- Published: 20:33, 20 Jan 2023
A DEFIANT councillor believes it’s only a matter of time before a public representative is killed after his home came under attack.
Our images show how over €8,000 worth of damage was caused to Independent Kilkenny councillor Eugene McGuinness’ van when he was targeted after 8pm on Thursday night.
Over €2,000 worth of damage was also caused to his home when windows and doors were smashed in the terrifying incident.
The public representative believes he has been targeted after he voiced concern about anti-social behaviour at St Kieran’s Cemetery.
But Mr McGuinness – who’s the brother of Fianna Fail TD John McGuinness – has vowed to continue his opposition to criminality and antisocial behaviour in the area.
The incident comes after far-right protesters gathered outside the home of Ballyfermot councillor Vincent Jackson last week.
Mr McGuinness said: “If those thugs had got into the house there’s no doubt I could have been killed.
“This is nothing more than an attack on democracy and when is it going to stop?
“Ordinary councillors like myself are vulnerable but this incident will make me even more determined to speak up.
“I can’t give into these thugs and criminals and I will continue to represent everyone in Kilkenny.
“I hope the Gardai catch these thugs so they can’t cause any more damage in this community.”
The councillor added: “I was in the house when I heard a bang and I thought it was an accident or something.
“But when I got to the front door I could see someone smashing the front door.
“They then smashed the downstairs window and if I had gone out, who knows what could have happened.
“They caused all this damage to my home and property and then they just took off.
“I’m very vocal in Kilkenny and I’m not going to change or be intimidated by a gang of thugs.”
Gardai have met with the local councillor and are now hunting those behind the terrifying incident.