Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate, Mary Fitzpatrick has condemned the vicious attack on a pensioner in Drumcondra, Dublin 3 last Friday evening. The pensioner, who is aged in his 80’s, was subjected to a vicious attack outside his home.

Ms Fitzpatrick says the incident highlights the need for an improved Garda presence in the area and tougher sentences for those who commit crimes against older people.

She commented, “The attack on a vulnerable pensioner in Drumcondra last Friday is simply deplorable. Our whole community is in complete shock. This man was viciously attacked and left outside his home as the attackers made off with a sum of cash and other valuable possessions” she explained.

“This assault follows on from other attacks on local shops and highlights how exposed the local community have been since the closure of Whitehall Garda Station and the loss of over 150 Gardaí in the area.

“There has been a significant increase in the number of aggravated burglary offences across Dublin in recent times. We regularly hear details of the impact that rural robberies and violent burglaries have in other parts of the country but urban communities in the Capital are widely affected too. Our elderly neighbours in the city’s residential suburbs such as Drumcondra and Cabra are just as isolated.

“Later tonight I am hosting a pre-arranged public meeting on crime and anti-social behaviour at which residents will have an opportunity to share their own experiences of crime, with Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson, Jim O’Callaghan TD.

“Given the degree of fear among elderly people, I have no doubt that they and their families will be eager to see a strong response to this latest attack.

“Action must be taken to strengthen the Garda presence in the area. The thugs that attack vulnerable people in our community must feel the full force of law and are made think twice before they commit such vicious assaults.” she concludedd.