BRICKS were thrown through the window of Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke’s constituency window on Sunday evening in what appears to be a politics fuelled act of vandalism.
The alarm was raised by locals around 8pm this evening after a number of bricks were thrown at the window of his constituency office in Blackpool smashing the glass.
Mr Burke is running for a Dáil seat in the Cork North Central constituency.
Speaking to The Echo, Mr Burke said that he was really disappointed by the act of vandalism as he is heavily involved in the local community and has always gotten on well with everyone in the area.
The chair of the Blackpool Community Association, Mr Burke said that this was, unfortunately, one of the risks associated with politics.
“The temperature is rising at the moment,” Mr Burke said.
The act of vandalism follows an ongoing issue that Mr Burke has reported to Gardaí of his posters being taken down and put up in areas where it is made seem they are put up negligently.
“We have had 250 posters stolen,” Mr Burke said, “We suspected it was happening and the other day we had someone give us a call after they saw people actively taking down the posters.” Mr Burke said what was worse is the individuals were then putting up the posters in areas where they should not be.
“The removal of the posters is theft, those posters belong to me.” Mr Burke said.
Mr Burke described the ongoing issues as a “tough week" and said he was liaising with Gardaí in relation to both incidents.
Fellow North Central candidate Ken O'Flynn said:
"I utterly condemn this attack on the offices of Senator Colm Burke this evening in Blackpool and my thoughts are with him and his staff at this time. No politician should be subjected to this type of terror as they go about the role that they were elected to do."