Breathnach hits out at spate of knife attacks in the region

Local TD 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.

He made his comments after 93-year-old Donie Lynch was stabbed a number of times in Blackrock on Saturday.

Reacting to the incident, Deputy Breathnach said: “This deplorable instance is a series of violent crime against vulnerable elderly not just in Blackrock but also across the region.

“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.”

The Fianna Fáil TD added: ““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.”