*The site where the incident occurred. 

GARDAÍ have confirmed an investigation is ongoing following a suspected arson attack in Tiermaclane.

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána confirmed to The Clare Echo that it is investigating “an incident of criminal damage by fire which occurred at Tiermaclane, Ennis, Co. Clare on Sunday, 24th March 2024”.

According to Gardaí the incident occurred at approximately 11pm on Sunday night and investigations remain ongoing.

Machinery belonging to Patrick Kiloughery was burnt down in the arson attack and his yard has since been bordered up with fencing in the aftermath of the incident.

Kiloughery was one of two parties to submit an objection to a retention application from representatives of a local transport company for an existing commercial shed while also seeking permission for a new permeable surfaced vehicle parking area, ancillary access road, alterations to the existing site entrance and all associated site works and services.

Clare County Council refused the plans for the retention and development of new surface.

In an objection submitted on his behalf by chartered building surveyor Fergus Merriman, he flagged that the application was unsigned and that the site boundaries extend to areas of adjacent folios not currently in the applicants name. The site is also the subject of an enforcement notice dated September 14th 2023, the enforcement notice is undischarged.

It added, “Overall, the proposed retention and variations to the existing development of a large scale commercial activity which generates considerable; traffic, noise, nuisance and environmental impacts is ill conceived, furthermore, it significantly contravenes the objectives of the currently adopted County Development Plan 2023 – 2029 and accordingly should be rejected”.

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