Family home is firebombed for second time in a month
A FAMILY home in west Dublin has been targeted with a firebomb for the second time in just four weeks by a gang carrying out a campaign of intimidation.
The attack is the latest in a series of incidents involving the Clondalkin-based mob.
A firebomb was thrown through a front window of the house, causing considerable damage to the downstairs sitting-room and hallway.
There were no occupants in the house at the time and it is believed the family have vacated the property since the attack.
The incident occurred at approximately 3am in the Bawnogue area on Saturday.
Emergency services were alerted to the attack and units from Dublin Fire Brigade rushed to the scene to extinguish the blaze.
Gardai also responded and the property was sealed off to allow for a forensic analysis to be carried out of the scene.
A garda spokesman said that they are "awaiting the results of a technical examination to establish the cause" of the fire.
A source indicated that a firebomb was used in the attack, and that the family is being deliberately targeted by the gang.
"Thankfully nobody was in the property at the time because a significant amount of damage was caused to the downstairs of the house, which could have seriously injured or even killed someone.
"A Clondalkin gang are behind the attack. The family are decent people but this gang are trying to intimidate them by repeatedly targeting them," the source said.
The reckless mob is linked to two brothers from the area who cannot be named as they are currently facing a number of charges before the courts.
A previous incident occurred on October 5 when a firebomb was thrown at the same house while a number of young children were asleep inside.
The family's car was also targeted with an accelerant, engulfing it in flames, and the victims only woke up when their smoke alarm went off.
The children, as well as a woman aged in her early 50s and a man aged in his early 40s, managed to escape the house safely.
A source described the previous incident as "reckless" and expressed particular concern that two young children were in the house at the time of the attack.
"To throw a petrol bomb into a family home in the early hours of the morning shows a shocking and reckless level of intent," said the source.
Officers from Clondalkin Garda Station are investigating both incidents and no arrests have yet been made.