Gardaí in Kerry investigating suspected fire bomb attack

Gardaí in Kerry investigating suspected fire bomb attack
Gardai at the scene in Hazelwood Drive, Ballyspillane, Killarney where a house was damaged overnight. Two windows were broken and the front door was scorched

Gardaí in Killarney are investigating a suspected fire bomb attack on a family home in a housing estate in the early hours.

The family of settled Travellers including up to four children were asleep at the time of the attack which severely damaged the bungalow at Hazlewood Drive in Ballyspillane at around 1am.

It is understood a petrol bomb was flung at the door and windows were smashed.

Local councillor Donal Grady who has highlighted a number of incidents involving a so-called feud between sections of the Traveller community in Kerry, said both Kerry County Council and the gardaí need to take a strong approach.

Gardaí in Kerry investigating suspected fire bomb attack

Some of those involved in the feud live in council owned houses in Kerry, and anti-social behaviour rules need to be applied, Cllr Grady said.

“Are we going to continue to ruin the lives of the good people in Ballyspillane?” he asked.

In a statement, gardaí said they are "investigating an incident of criminal damage that occurred at a house in Ballyspillane, Co. Kerry this morning, April 18, at approximately 1am."

"The door of the house is believed to have been set alight. Damage to front of house. Occupants were asleep inside house and came out by back door safely.

"No injuries. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.”

More on this topic

Successful multi-agency search operation in Kerry after late-night swimmers get into difficultySuccessful multi-agency search operation in Kerry after late-night swimmers get into difficulty

Kerry parishioners campaign to keep their resident priestKerry parishioners campaign to keep their resident priest

Gardaí investigating after giant teddy built for Kerry festival burnt to the groundGardaí investigating after giant teddy built for Kerry festival burnt to the ground

'Heartbreaking for the workforce' - Kerry Foods closes UK factory with loss of 900 jobs'Heartbreaking for the workforce' - Kerry Foods closes UK factory with loss of 900 jobs

More in this Section

Children 'need their dad back' says wife of Cork man facing deportation from US Children 'need their dad back' says wife of Cork man facing deportation from US

New study to give voice to 'hidden group' affected by child sexual abuseNew study to give voice to 'hidden group' affected by child sexual abuse

Katherine Zappone to discuss importance of children's rights at UN forumKatherine Zappone to discuss importance of children's rights at UN forum

Concern that 100 permanent consultant psychiatric jobs remain unfilledConcern that 100 permanent consultant psychiatric jobs remain unfilled


Lifestyle

Their romance took Laura Roset and Ken Mohally from Mallow to Moldova and back again.Wedding of the Week: Love spreads from Mallow to Moldova

As the Caped Crusader hits 80 years of protecting Gotham City, Chris Wasser looks at the history of the world’s darkest superhero.80 years on, Batman still packs a punch

Despite the many issues in the housing market, the number of mortgages being approved is rising, with first-time buyers making up the bulkMaking Cents: Key points for people buying their first house

When it comes to music podcasts, the actual tunes themselves are not essential — the best series discuss around the music.Podcast Corner: Digging deep with music podcasts

More From The Irish Examiner