Attack on Democracy

4 10 2014

SDLP Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham has condemned the overnight arson attack on the home of his independent council colleague Councillor Padraig McShane in the town.
Councillor Cunningham was speaking after the incident in Leyland Road, which saw considerable fire and smoke damage.

“Any attack on a democratically elected representative is an attack on democracy itself and is totally unacceptable” said Councillor Cunningham.

“This criminal behaviour is not welcome in Ballycastle. I hope the McShane family are able to move on from this ordeal.”

“I would urge anyone with any information to come forward and contact the police, and I hope the PSNI are able to apprehend the perpetrators.”

Cunningham condemns Market Street arson attack

14 04 2012

SDLP Ballycastle Councillor has said the community is angered following an arson attack on a house in the Market Street area of the town.
Cllr Cunningham said: “This was a callous and very dangerous act that could easily have caused serious injury or fatalities. The 65-year-old woman was alerted to the fire at her Market Street home by passers-by at about half past midnight on Saturday morning. Police said they believed a burning rag had been placed in the letterbox. The front door was badly damaged and there was smoke damage inside the house
“Not only did it endanger the life of the woman whose house was attacked, but it also posed a serious threat to those living in adjoining properties.
“An attack of this nature is tantamount to attempt murder and I would therefore appeal to anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the police as a matter of urgency.
“Praise must go to the passers-by who raised the alert and to the fire service for their swift response.”