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Tuesday, 14th January 2020

Arson attack on Sharon Keogan's office

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Councillor Sharon Keogan at the entrance to her office in Duleek this morning after the overnight arson attack.

The office of Councillor Sharon Keogan in Duleek has been the target of an arson attack. Speaking to Drogheda Life this morning Councillor Keogan described the attack as “horrendous” and that she can only speculate as to the reasons behind this act of violence and intimidation. "I'm still in shock" she said.

The fire was discovered by a passer-by who raised the alarm. The hallway of the building was burnt out and the rest of the office was badly smoked damaged. “It was a miracle that the fire did not spread any further and went out” she said.

“Anyone who knows me, knows the work that I do and it won’t deter my work. I’m here to serve the community and will continue to do what I can to make our communities safe for all” she said.

Sharon Keogan was first elected in 2014 and her first priority was to set up an office to support the local community. Today the office is a well-established support unit for the people of Duleek and surrounding districts where they can seek help and advice on social housing, social welfare, Drugs, Tidy Towns, Mental Health, Youth support services and more.

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“This arson attack is not only an attack on me but also the people of the area. We have to stand together to say this is not acceptable” she said.

Keogan has been vocal about the drug gangs who have infiltrated Duleek and the surrounding district. In February 2019 she set up “The Feel Good Project” to address the issue of addiction in the community and provide support and positive action to parents and teenagers who are being intimidated by these gangs.

Gardaí are currently investigating the incident. “My office is destroyed but I am going to continue to work hard for the community” she said.

“The office is adjoined to apartments too so this could have been devastating for so many people. I am very upset and shocked that this would happen to me when all I try to do is good.”

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