A GANG of young thugs has destroyed a 87-year-old city woman’s family home on the southside after she moved into a nursing home.
The pensioner, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions, was planning to hand the home in Quinn’s Cottages, Prospect – where she was born and raised – down to family.
But now the property is wrecked, following the arson attack last Thursday night.
Cllr Joe Leddin, who sits on the housing committee, has said elderly residents in Quinn’s Cottages, which is about to celebrate its centenary are “living in fear” of these gangs of youths - and he described them as “mindless young thugs.”
There are 48 houses in Quinn’s Cottages, which was built by Limerick City Council almost 100 years ago.
Until recently, it was a quiet area. But gangs have begun to prey on the most vulnerable in society, including hurling water bombs, and eggs at windows - and even smashing them in - it has been claimed.
Cllr Leddin said: “We have elderly people living here all their lives. There is a lady of 90 years of age, who has had her windows battered every night of the week. It is disgraceful. We are talking about mindless young thugs answerable to no-one simply marauding around this city, hell bent on causing destruction, pain and misery.”
He wants to see the gardai given more power to stamp out this “serious criminality and anti-social behaviour.”