Éirígí, IRSP, Sinn Féin, AFA, and a number of Independent Cllrs, including Cieran Perry, Christy Burke & Thomas Pringle, have called on Sean McEniff, Fianna Fáil and Cllr Eugene Dolan of Fine Gael to resign from Donegal County Council.
Thomas Pringle has condemned the attack, saying:
“Donegal County Council bought the house for a Traveller family and local councillors Seán McEniff and Eugene Dolan made racist statements about the decision, and last night the house was burned…The council will now have to repair the house before they can allocate it to the family and this will just add extra costs for the council. It would have been better for the local councillors to have taken a constructive approach, working towards ensuring that the family received all the support they required and work with the community to make sure that there was a smooth transition for the family”.
He went on to say: “Luckily there were no injuries last night but will it take someone to be seriously hurt before these councillors take responsibility for their words and actions?”
Éirígí Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan said, “We are not living in Alabama in the 1950s, but it is clear some people wish we were. Cllr McEniff’s views must be clearly rejected by all decent public representatives. It is little wonder politicians are held in low esteem by the public if a small few pander to ignorant racism and prejudice in this way.”
AFA spokesperson Joanne Tobin said: "Hate Speech leads to Hate Acts."
To dislike someone, and to actually Hate someone are two vastly different things.. But shurely this is a step too far? It follows on from Fine Gaels Darren Scullys comments about The Africans , not so long ago, and it's not the first time a Travellers house has been burned to the ground..