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Sinn Fein TD’s car burned

Martin Kenny’s vehicle was burned out at his home in Aughavas, near Ballinamore in Co Leitrim, in the early hours of the morning.

Gardai are investigating the suspected arson attack (Niall Carson/PA)
Gardai are investigating the suspected arson attack (Niall Carson/PA)

By Michael McHugh, PA

A car belonging to a Sinn Fein TD has been burned out in an apparent arson attack, the party leader said.

Sligo/Leitrim deputy Martin Kenny’s vehicle was burned out at his home in Aughavas, near Ballinamore in Co Leitrim, in the early hours of Monday morning.

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald said: “Martin Kenny TD’s car was set alight and burned at his home in Aughavas at approximately 2.30am this morning in what appears to have been a very deliberate and targeted attack.

“I want to extend my solidarity and that of Sinn Fein to Martin Kenny and his family after what was a very frightening experience. Thankfully no member of the Kenny family was injured but it could easily have been different.

“An attack on the home or property of an elected public representative is a deeply serious and sinister development.”

Mr Kenny has supported a proposal to accommodate asylum seekers in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, where a local community group has mounted a round-the-clock silent protest in opposition to the plan.

His party leader said the incident represented an attack on the democratic system itself.

“This despicable act is a reflection on nobody but the criminal thugs who perpetrated it and I know it will be rightly condemned by the people of Aughavas, Ballinamore and Co Leitrim,” said Ms McDonald.

“An Garda Siochana are investigating this very serious incident and I know that they will do all in their power to bring those responsible to justice.”

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