'Our right to vote is precious' - Senator blasts act of 'vandalism' on constituency office

The Fine Gael candidate posted a video this morning of the smashed window in his Douglas office.

'Our right to vote is precious' - Senator blasts act of 'vandalism' on constituency office

By Joel Slattery and Eoin English

Gardaí in Cork have launched an investigation after a window in the constituency office of the leader of the Seanad and Fine Gael election candidate was smashed.

Senator Jerry Buttimer’s office in Douglas was attacked overnight by vandals who apparently threw a brick through the front window ahead of polling day.

The Fine Gael candidate posted the video just after 9.30am today of the smashed window in his Douglas office.

"Not a pleasant sight on polling day, broken window in my Constituency office," he said.

"Our right to vote is precious but acts of vandalism on a public representative office is unacceptable."

It is the second such attack on the office of a Fine Gael Senator and election candidate in Cork during the election campaign.

Last month vandals threw a brick through the window of the Blackpool constituency office of Fine Gael Senator and Cork North Central candidate Colm Burke.

He vowed at the time not to be deterred.

Mr Buttimer is in the hotly contested four-seat Cork South-Central constituency that has as incumbents Fianna Fáil duo Michael McGrath and party leader Micheál Martin, as well as Sinn Féin's Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire and Mr Buttimer's party colleague Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

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