Probe after two petrol bombings in 24 hours

Probe after two petrol bombings in 24 hours

Liffey Park in Mayfield, where a house was attacked with a petrol bomb on Thursday night, damaging the front door. Picture: Dan Linehan

GARDAÍ are investigating two petrol bomb attacks in a city housing estate within 24 hours — one of which resulted in an 11-week-old baby being hospitalised.

The most recent incident resulted in damage to the front door of a house in Liffey Park in Mayfield on Thursday night.

A petrol bomb was thrown at the property at around 10.20pm.

The occupants of the house were uninjured but the baby boy was taken to the Mercy University Hospital for a short period as a precautionary measure.

On the previous night, another house in the same estate was targeted. That device landed in the front garden and did not cause any damage to the house. The residents of both houses are related.

Gardaí have carried out house-to-house enquiries in the estate and have examined both scenes. No arrests have yet been made. 

The incidents are not linked to the recent assault in which a man suffered extensive burn injuries in Dunard estate in Lotamore.

Local Worker’s Party councillor Ted Tynan said the residents of the targeted homes were horrified by the attacks and are scared.

Mr Tynan said crime is going “out of control” and that there is a need for more community gardaí.

Last month, The Echo revealed that there are currently six community gardaí attached to the Gurranabraher area and nine allocated to Mayfield. A garda spokesman told The Echo that an additional community garda is to be appointed to Mayfield before the end of this month and that a further four are expected to be appointed in the Gurranabraher district during this year.

Independent councillor and general election candidate Ken O’Flynn said the petrol bomb incidents are “another threat to society, to our city”.

He said: “We have to have better resources to deal with this.”

He commended gardaí but said they do not have enough personnel, adding: “For the gardaí, it is like playing chess with Bobby Fischer. They [criminals] are outsmarting us.”

He said the next justice minister will have to pay attention to Cork to help ensure extra resources for gardaí.

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