Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central Padraig O’Sullivan has described as barbaric, an attack on a young man, which saw him doused in petrol and set on fire.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

Deputy O’Sullivan said, “The details of this latest attack are particularly vicious and barbaric and I would appeal to anybody who saw anything in the area to please contact the Gardai. I am very concerned about the increased level of violence we are seeing in our communities, particularly here in Cork.

“This escalation in violence has created a real fear among people living here; they no longer feel safe on their streets or in their homes. We need to take measures that will restore confidence in these communities that the resources and gardai are there to protect them and tackle this crime surge.

“What we need to see is more garda number re-introduced to boost confidence in communities being ravaged by violence. Fianna Fáil wants to see garda figures reach 16,000 nationally. We also want to see a more coordinated approach to tackling the drugs problem, which is now affecting communities, not only here in the city, but right across the country.

“Fine Gael has allowed this to happen by cutting local garda numbers, cutting numbers in specialised garda units and burying their heads in the sand. This casual attitude is just not good enough.

“There have been a number of high-profile murders and attacks in Cork in recent weeks and urgent action is needed.”