Mannix Flynn feats CCTV won't identify studio attack vandal
A DUBLIN councillor whose studio was attacked and vandalised has said that it is "unlikely" that he will ever find out the identity of the vandals.
Independent Cllr Mannix Flynn, who is also an artist, woke to find an empty beer barrel thrown through the window of his premises on the city quays.
Gardai are investigating the incident and CCTV footage is being reviewed,
However, Mr Flynn fears that the footage won't identify the person responsible.
"He was fairly well covered up," Cllr Flynn said. "I wasn't able to recognise his face; I didn't get a look at this person.
"Its annoying because I will have no chance to confront this individual," he added.
Mr Flynn said the attack - which he believes was carried out by someone protesting against the new busking by-laws - caused €1,000 damage.
"I am paying for that out of my own pocket," he said.
Councillors passed new busking by-laws last week.
The vote fell short of banning amplifiers, a measure that Mr Flynn had argued for, and he didn't support the new regulations on that basis.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be targeted because of my stance on amps in the city," he told the Herald.
Mr Flynn said that the attack was part of "a new cultural practice of intimidation" against Dublin City Councillors.
"Things have changed," Cllr Flynn said.
"I would warn all councillors, don't assume that there's a sail of passage for decisions we take down the road. There is a new cultural practice of intimidation going on out there."
The incident, which occurred in the early hours of last Wednesday, saw graffiti scrawled on the walls of the 200-year-old building that read "we won't pay to play".
Cllr Flynn said that he had to chase the attacker out of the building.
"Who knows what would have happened if he hadn't woken me up," Cllr Flynn said. "I shouted him out of the building.
Some of the vile graffiti referred to the abuse suffered by Mr Flynn in an industrial school. Mr Flynn described this as "unnerving".
By Paul Healy