Limerick mother of burned children says attack still haunts her

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

THE mother of two children who suffered horrific injuries in a petrol bomb attack six years ago this week has said the attack will haunt her for the rest of her life.

THE mother of two children who suffered horrific injuries in a petrol bomb attack six years ago this week has said the attack will haunt her for the rest of her life.

Speaking at her home, Shelia Murray said her daughter Millie (12), and ten-year old son Gavin, would need treatment for their burns for the rest of their lives.

On the sixth anniversary of the petrol bombing, the father of murdered Robert Sheehan - who had acted as a lookout for two older teenagers who petrol bombed Ms Murray’s car - said his son had been had been haunted by the incident and had “never got over it”.

Robert Sheehan, who was jailed for two years in 2007 for his role in the unprovoked attack, was murdered earlier this month.

He had been shot several times in the head and body while attending a family wedding party in Co Clare. Both events are unconnected, according to gardai.

Asked for her reaction to Robert Sheehan’s apparent regret about the attack, Ms Murray said: “It’s haunting us still, that’s my reaction, and it always will. It’s haunting us for the rest of our lives.”

She said her children were trying to get put the matter behind them and did not need to be reminded of the fire bombing.

“They’re doing alright. They have to get treatment until they’re adults. They’re only small kids, and they’re growing, so the problem is they’re growing and their skin is stretching. People are saying forget about it, but sure, I’m looking at them, how do I forget about it? I was sitting in the car the day it happened. How do I forget about it? But, people are saying the kids were in the car and I wasn’t in the car...I was in the car. I was just going to drive away when that (petrol bomb) came in. I saw exactly what happened around the road that day, and there was a lot of other people who saw what happened,” the separated mother of eight said.

Gavin Murray’s left ear was effectively burned off during the shocking attack outside his mother’s former home in Moyross. Ms Murray said she now regretted having ever moved from her native Dublin to Limerick.

“I’m not from here. I should have stayed up there (Dublin),” she concluded.