Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillor, Paul McAuliffe has said the thugs that carry out violent burglaries in the homes of vulnerable people in our community must feel the full force of law and made think twice before they commit such vicious assaults.
The Local Councillor was commenting following a number of armed aggravated burglaries which have occurred in the Ballygall area of North Dublin this month.
He said, “These are very serious, terrifying incidents of crime and what is even more concerning is that elderly people in our living community appear to have been repeatedly targeted.
“These are terrible crimes that scar people and their families. The impact of these attacks is devastating both physically and psychologically. It creates a fear in communities that is very hard to shake and get over.
“I have spoken directly to some of the victims and as we can only imagine they are still dealing with the shock and distress of it all.
“I have written to the Garda Superintendent to share my concerns regarding this recent spike in violent crime and to urge him to put better protections in place to deter these criminals.
“In order to reassure older people that they will be safe in their own homes, Fianna Fáil has long proposed to implement mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of assaults on someone elderly.
“We must send a strong message that this type of heinous behaviour will not be tolerated in our area,” he concluded.