Arsonists attack City Bin lorries

Mon, Dec 17, 2012, 00:00

Gardaí are investigating what appears to have been a deliberately targeted attack on nine bin lorries belonging to the Dublin-based City Bin company.

Six of the lorries were burned out, one was seriously damaged and two others were damaged to a lesser extent in the fire, which took place late on Friday night. The value of the damage is estimated to be in the region of €2 million.

Other bin lorries and equipment belonging to waste companies AI Waste and Key Waste which were in the same yard at Greenhills Road, in Walkinstown, were not damaged.

City Bins, which originated in Co Galway, has been operating in the South Dublin County Council area from 2007. It recently expanded into the southern suburbs of Dublin City Council’s administrative area.

Gardaí are examining CCTV footage taken from the scene. It is understood to show at least two people entering the yard between 10pm and 11pm, pouring liquid on the lorries and setting them alight.

Chief executive of City Bin Gene Browne said the firm was “in a state of shock”, but that the attack would not affect its bin service. Gardaí have asked for anyone with information to contact Crumlin Garda Station.