A PENSIONER’S home in Doon was ransacked while she attended Cappamore Day-Care Centre last week.
The latest in the litany of burglaries and thefts in East Limerick happened at Kilmoylan, Doon last Wednesday, May 9, at around 3pm.
The lady who lives in the house had gone to meet friends at the day-care centre. When she returned her house was turned upside down. Only loose change was taken.
Manager of Cappamore Day-Care Centre, Sr Mercy, said there was a lot of anger when the news broke.
“This is the lowest of the low. It’s very sad. The lady was a very hard working person all her life who raised a great family and to see this happen to her in later life is unbelievable.
“She has been back to us this week but she is understandably a bit quiet. She is a very good humoured woman and you would miss her very much when she isn’t here,” said Sr Mercy.
A second house was broken in to in Lisgaugh, Doon around the same time. They tried to gain entry at the rear of the house but an alarm went off and the thieves fled.
A garda spokesperson said they believe the two incidents are connected and are appealing for witnesses who may have seen any suspicious activity in the vicinity of Lisgaugh or Kilmoylan, Doon to contact them in Cappamore at 061-381202 or Bruff on 061-382940.
Local councillor, Noel Gleeson, said it is unacceptable that elderly people can’t go out for a day to the day-care centre without worrying that their home might be broken in to.
“The sad outcome of it is that it could deter other people from coming. They might say if they are gone out of their house it could be broken in to while they are gone. Old people are very proud of their belongings whether they are big or small,” said Cllr Gleeson, who also pointed to the closure of Doon garda station.
“I’m not saying that would have deterred this crime but at least there would have been a garda presence in the area. People are very angry in rural Ireland about what is going on at present. The buck stops with the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter,” said Cllr Gleeson.
At the “Stop local crime” meeting in Pallasgreen on Tuesday night, Cllr Gleeson said the gardai are doing the best they can but they are too scarce on the ground. He said the recent 600 army recruits should have gone to the gardai to bring the force up and keep garda stations open.
Also at the meeting, Cathaoirleach Mary Harty said East Limerick has been badly hit by crime and she said there needs to be more “vigilance of the vulnerable”.
“There is a lot of talk of calling to elderly neighbours when the long dark evenings are approaching but a 20 minute call can be a source of great relief any time of the year,” said Cllr Harty.