Fr McGrath Centre wants councillors to condemn arson attack

Kilkenny’s Father McGrath Centre is to seek the support of other family resource centres in calling on local councillors to publicly condemnn an arson attack on a house in South Kilkenny.

Kilkenny’s Father McGrath Centre is to seek the support of other family resource centres in calling on local councillors to publicly condemnn an arson attack on a house in South Kilkenny.

The house, in Kilmacow, was due to be newly occupied by a family who are members of the Travelling Community. An article in last Saturday’s Irish Examiner condemned the ‘silence’ of local councillors following the attack, which destroyed the property.

Stephen Murphy, manager of Kilkenny’s Father McGrath Centre, says that the arson attack was racially motivated, and it was incumbent upon local representatives to condemn it. He is to meet representatives from Kilkenny’s other family resource centres this weekend to seek their signatures on an open letter asking councillors to state their position.

“[I] am meeting Kilkenny FRCs this saturday and asking them to join our FRC in an open letter in local papers asking county councillors to get off the fence and publicly condemn this savage racist attack on young children and their family,” he said.