Galway County Council is out of pocket to the tune of €100,000 in a month – because of damage caused to three of their houses which they had planned to allocate to families.
In the latest case, an arson attack on a house in Caltra caused €50,000 worth of damage alone – following on from the destruction of two homes in Ballygar two weeks ago.
That means that families due to move into these properties are left on the waiting list.
The latest damage to a Council house occurred in Caltra when a bungalow – recently been renovated at a substantial cost – was vandalised and smoke damaged in a weekend attack.
It is understood by The Connacht Tribune that the attacks on the houses are motivated by individuals who want to prevent certain families from occupying them.
The Gardaí have been involved in all cases and investigations are being carried out. They are confident that these investigations will lead to criminal prosecutions.
Director of Services for Housing Michael Owens confirmed to the Connacht Tribune that a Council property in Caltra was the subject of a further incident of arson over the weekend and causing significant damage in the process.
This was the second time for the same house, which had been refurbished, to be subjected to vandalism.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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