Pregnant Mother & Two Kids Exposed as Garda Targeted in Arson Attack

Courtesy of Louth Sinn Féin TD Ruairí Ó Murchú @ROMurchu

Gardaí are investigating an arson attack on the home of a garda in the Bay Estate area of Dundalk last night.

It is the third such attack on the home of a Garda in the Dundalk area in the last 18 months. The Garda, his pregnant wife and their two children, who are under ten, were in the home when the attack took place.

Local fire crews were dispatched to the scene after trees were set alight in the garden of the property which then caused significant damage to the exterior of the property.

Emergency services attended the scene after trees in the garden of the property in Hawthorn Crescent were discovered alight around 11.15 last night.

The fire was brought under control and there was no reports of any injuries. The house was occupied at the time. The scene has been preserved for a technical examination.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Bay Estate area between 10.30pm and 11.30pm last night to come forward.

They are also appealing for information on the movements of a white van in the Bay Estate area earlier in the day at approximately 3pm.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 938 8400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.