Limerick Leader - Friday, 20 November, 2009
family left homeless after arson attack
have burnt out a house in a city estate, leaving a single mother
and her family homeless.
Marie Troy returned from visiting her nieces late on Tuesday
night to discover her house in Delmege Park in the Moyross estate
had been destroyed in an arson attack.
Luckily, her four
young children were staying with their father at the time.
And Marie's two dogs
and two cats escaped unharmed, despite being left in the burning
building. Neighbours alerted Marie - who has owned her own house
for 15 years - to the blaze, and she returned home in the early
hours of Wednesday morning to find her house destroyed.
the house, taking a 42-inch television, priceless jewellery,
and a brand new chrome table which she had borrowed from her
Holding back tears,
the distraught mother said: "I honestly do not know why
I have been targeted in this way. It's one thing to come in
and rob a house, which they did. But why did they have to burn
everything down? I am just feeling totally sick right now. I
cannot believe people can do this. We have lost everything -
our life, our memories, our beginnings. My family started from
Ms Troy said the
attack was particularly tough on her children - Lisa, 20; Kacey,
15; Stephen, 10, and Caitlin, 6. "My young fella came in
a while ago, and my other little girl, and they were in tears.
It's hard to explain to him why his Man United room has been
destroyed," she said.
pets - dogs Socks and Scamp and cats Missey and Mossey - escaped
the blaze. "I call them my hoovers, because they hoover
up all the food after the children. They were just left in the
burning house. And they are defenceless little creatures,"
said Ms Troy.
She is facing a €100,000
repair bill in the run up to Christmas, as she did not take
out insurance. Members of her local community, including the
Moyross Monks have been rallying round to support her. Neighbour
Tommy Daly, who stood in the local elections this summer said
he was going to chat with the Regeneration Agency and Limerick
City Council in a bid to secure Ms Troy a new home.
"We will see
if they can sort her out with something. She is a homeowner,
but unfortunately does not have home insurance, because it is
very expensive. She was in the process of saving for it. But
now she has to survive up to Christmas on her disability benefit,"
Mr Daly told the Limerick Leader.
He also called for
more Garda patrols throughout the estate, saying: "The
youths out here have nothing better to do. I think the Garda
Siochanna should have more patrols out there, but this is not
happening. They have not got the manpower to do it, but the
Fitzgerald Report promised 100 extra guards here. Where are
confirmed no arrests had yet been made, but they are "fully
investigating" the CCTV in the area, and will shortly carry
out house-to-house enquires.
They can be contacted
on 061-456980, while Henry Street Gardai can be reached at 061-212400.