Attack on home of Limerick garda is condemned

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A VANDALISM attack at the rural of home of a senior member of the Garda Traffic Corps has been condemned.

A VANDALISM attack at the rural of home of a senior member of the Garda Traffic Corps has been condemned.

The incident happened last weekend in the Croagh area at the home of Michael O’Shaughnessy who is attached to Henry Street garda station in the city.

While Inps Paul Reidy, Askeaton, confirmed that gardai are “investigating an incident of criminal damage at a person’s home in the Croagh area on Friday night / Saturday morning,” he would not disclose any further details of the incident when contacted this week.

However, the Limerick Leader understands that Garda O’Shaughnessy’s dormer home was daubed in paint and that graffiti was sprayed on the walls and windows by the culprits.

Investigating gardai are looking to establish if the incident is linked to recent court proceedings which resulted in Garda O’Shaughnessy being prosecuted for driving without an NCT or Tax on separate dates last year.

He has since been suspended pending an internal garda investigation into the circumstances of the incident and the subsequent court proceedings.

The case against Garda O’Shaughnessy is due before Limerick District Court again at the end of next month.

In the meantime, he was ordered by Judge Eugene O’Kelly to pay €3,500 to the Saint Vincent de Paul.

Deputy Dan Neville, who is a neighbour of Michael O’Shaughnessy says he is shocked at what happened.

He said the incident happened in a quiet rural area and that nothing like it has ever happened in the locality before.

“I absolutely condemn this attack and it is appalling to think that somebody would enter our community and perpetrate violence towards any person or their private property,” he said.

The Fine Gael TD added that he hopes those responsible for Saturday night’s attack are apprehended and brought to justice as quickly as possible.