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House petrol bombed after couple objected to planning permission for new shopping centre

They were in the house at the time of the attack but escaped without injury.

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A HOUSE WAS petrol bombed in Cork this week after the residents appealed against planning permission for a new shopping centre.

An Bord Pleanála received three appeals against the plans for a derelict site in Youghal last month.

It’s understood the attack was carried out as the people who live in the house are among those who objected to the granting of planning permission.

A couple were in the house at the time but they escaped without injury. However, the bomb did cause some smoke damage to the house at Upper Strand.

The attack was carried out in the early hours of Thursday morning and Fianna Fáil Councillor Aaron O’Sullivan told TheJournal.ie that locals are disgusted that this has happened.

“There are no circumstances in which this incident could ever be tolerated or justified.

I believe that the proposed development will be a positive boost for Youghal and the broader east Cork area and therefore I disagree with the objectors. However, their constitutional rights of due process and to participate in the planning process must be respected at all times.

Seafield textiles closed 10 years ago and the 4-acre site is now regarded by many locals as an overgrown eyesore.

The new plans would see the space used to build a discount food store with provisions for six retail units and a food outlet with a drive through.

O’Sullivan added that while “most locals support the plans to construct the shopping center – people are unhappy someone has done such a thing”.

Cork Sinn Féin TD Sandra McLellan also condemned the attack calling it “completely unacceptable”.

I am calling on anyone with any information on this incident will go to the Gardaí to ensure that those responsible are quickly brought to justice.

Gardaí say they are following a number of lines of enquiry and they are appealing to witnesses to contact them at Youghal Garda Station on 024-92200.

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