Arson gangs aim to ‘intimidate’ the city

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Cllr Eamon Quinlan, Fianna Fail
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A SERIES of fires around Waterford city have been deliberately started, a councillor has claimed. He said they are “a malicious attempt to intimidate local communities”.

Cllr Eamon Quinlan has highlighted a fire at the rear of Flynn’s Pub in Ferrybank and several large fires on the Carrickpherish road off Gracedieu.

The problem at Ferrybank began with dumping, fighting and drug taking on the vacant site. The council secured the building with additional barriers and Cllr Quinlan believes the fire was a deliberate response.

“This was a last gasp of their frustration at being excluded from using the area for criminal activity,” the Fianna Fáil councillor told Waterford Today.

if such elements continue to use the area in question, arrests and prosecutions will
follow

He said it was now planned to erect CCTV to cover the site “so I am hopeful that if such elements continue to use the area in question, arrests and prosecutions will
follow.”

A series of large fires was started on the Carrickpherish road on the outskirts on the city.
These were started in a field across the road from the community hub which has two primary schools, a library, sports complex and residential estates.

a moth to the flame in terms of anti-social elements

“For years now, the undeveloped nature of several fields along the Carrickpherish road has been a moth to the flame in terms of anti-social elements using it as a play area,” said Cllr Quinlan.

“Waterford Council needs to put the foot down in terms of developing new private housing estates along this area. Redrafting the area development plan for planning along with giving a kick to developers who are sitting on land for years will be required to take these areas ‘off the market’ in terms of places of choice for anti social elements.”

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