Declan Breathnach TD

Louth (and East Meath)

12th August 2019

Breathnach slams the cowardly knife attack on a 93 year old

– The perpetrators are cowards who only challenge those they view as weak  –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has said he is deeply distressed and annoyed at the spate of knife attacks and continues to press for mandatory sentences for such crimes.

“This deplorable instance is a series of violent crime against vulnerable elderly not just in Blackrock but also across the region (being reported on local radio daily).  The problem needs to be actioned not only by An Garda Siochána but also Community Alert and citizens need to report all suspicions and concerns to the Gardaí.

“These criminals, often fuelled by drugs and the monies needed to fund their illegal activities, in my view are a wider symptom of what is the cause of abuse of our vulnerable elderly.  The perpetrators are, in essence, not just deadly thieves but cowards who only challenge those who are viewed as a weak link.  In Donie Lynch at 93, they didn’t realise they met their match.

“My thoughts are with Donie, his wife Kathleen and their great family and I hope he makes a speedy recovery.

“I look forward to meeting the family when Donie is fit for visitors and I am glad that the Gardaí have apprehended a suspect and hope justice will be done in an effort to send clearer messages to these cowardly thugs.

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie