‘This was an attack on the whole community’

Gutted: The car targeted in the petrol bomb attack in Rathcoole. INNT 08-008-FP Pic by Freddie Parkinson
Gutted: The car targeted in the petrol bomb attack in Rathcoole. INNT 08-008-FP Pic by Freddie Parkinson
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THERE has been widespread condemnation of a petrol bomb attack at the Housing Executive’s district office in Rathcoole.

At around 11.30am on Wednesday morning (February 15), a hammer was used to smash the back window of a senior manager’s car, which was parked outside Rantalard House, Rathcoole Drive. A petrol bomb was then thrown into the vehicle before the assailants made off.

No-one was injured in the attack, but the inside of the car was completely gutted.

Condemning the terrifying incident, a Housing Executive spokesman said: “Our staff in Rathcoole play an important role working in communities delivering good housing services and are committed to helping people. We are at a loss to explain why this incident took place.

“It was only the immediate actions of our staff who were quickly on the scene with fire extinguishers which prevented a more serious incident.”

Mayor Billy Webb, who visited Rantalard House following the attack, added: “The staff were rightly upset and annoyed that anyone would carry out this senseless attack and I condemn those involved. They do not represent the majority of people in Rathcoole. The staff at Rantalard carry out a fantastic service to the local community and deserve to be congratulated and supported.”

Read the full story in this week’s Times...