Cllr Willie Aird last week condemned the attack on a Sri Lankan priest in Portlaoise.
“I was horrified to hear what happened to that priest. It’s only a small minority of people that carry out such vicious acts,” he said.
He appealed for anyone with information to co-operate with the guards so the culprits could be apprehended.
While, Cllr Mary Sweeney said it was a shameful and embarrassing thing to happen.
“The people involved must be well known. It’s a shameful and embarrassing thing to happen.”