"Living in fear" - advocacy group condemns attack on pensioner couple

An elderly couple were assaulted by two men who broke into their home and stole a quantity of cash last night

"Living in fear" - advocacy group condemns attack on pensioner couple

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Updated 14:18

Age Action Ireland has condemned an attack on a man in his 90's at his home in County Tipperary last night.

The elderly man is being treated for head injuries after the aggravated burglary at his home in Roscrea just before midnight last night.

The man and his wife – who is in her 80s – were assaulted by two men who broke into the house through a side window and stole a quantity of cash.

The man was rushed by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise suffering with head injuries.

The woman was not injured on the attack.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy at Age Action Ireland, said older people around the country are living in fear:

“This attack in Roscrea shows the evidence for the fear that so many older people have living in rural communities – particularly since the closer of a number of garda stations – that they could be vulnerable to these kinds of attacks.”

“We really need to see from An Garda Síochána a strategy for older people – the last strategy was from 2010, it needs to be updated.

“We need to ensure that we are protecting those older people that might be a little bit more vulnerable because they are living alone.”

The incident on the Dublin Road, Roscrea in County Tipperary was reported to gardaí at 11:40pm last night, the 7th May.

The scene has been preserved for a forensic examination and the investigation is on-going.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to contact Roscrea Garda Station on 0505 24230.