An Ennis pharmacy was the subject of an arson attack in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Haven Pharmacy on Abbey St in Ennis sustained damage to its premises shortly after 2am on Thursday morning when recyclable materials were set alight at its entrance. Vodafone’s store on O’Connell St was subject to an attempted arson but the potential blaze was extinguished before any destruction was caused.

In a statement on Thursday morning, the owners of Holly’s pharmacy confirmed they were still taking prescription orders at the door of the Ennis based premises. “Thankfully nobody was injured, and damage was kept to a minimum thanks to the superb work of the Fire Brigade and the Gardai. We are hugely grateful to both of them. We are currently taking prescription orders at the front door of the premises, and by phone on 065-6828568. We would like to thank our customers for their patience and we will provide another update later in the day”.

Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Tríona Brooks confirmed to The Clare Echo that both fires were “started maliciously outside two shops”. “Both fires were brought under control by Ennis Fire Brigade but one of the shops was badly damaged. Fortunately nobody was injured in these two incidents. The scenes were preserved and shortly after a male suspect was arrested by Gardaí and detained at Ennis Garda Station and has since been charged and brought before the District Court”.

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