Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick Niall Collins has condemned the vicious attack on a pensioner in Rosbrien last weekend. The pensioner, who is aged in her 80’s, was subjected to a vicious attack outside her home.

Deputy Collins, who is the Fianna Fáil Justice spokesperson, says the incident highlights the need for tougher sentences for those who commit crimes against older people.

“The attack on a vulnerable pensioner in Rosbrien last Sunday is nothing short of despicable. The local community is in total shock. She was viciously attacked and left to die outside her home as the attacker made off with a measly €20 note,” said Deputy Collins.

“This assault highlights the need for tougher sentencing for those that commit crimes against older people. Last February I introduced legislation in the Dáil which would do just that. The Assaults on Elderly Persons Bill 2015 would ensure a minimum prison sentence of three years for people convicted of assault causing serious harm to older people and threatening to kill or cause serious harm to anyone aged over 65.

“There has been a significant increase in the number of aggravated burglary offences in recent years. Rural isolation has been on the rise, which particularly effects older people, and has led to an increased vulnerability and a greater fear of crime among many communities. Action must be taken to ensure there is tougher sentencing for the thugs that attack vulnerable people in our community. This is one sure way of making people think twice before they commit vicious assaults.