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Following the posting of this thread
about a home invasion. I thought I'd put together
a little piece about 'The Emerald Isle' and its current most prolific growth industry, crimes against the elderly.
Now bear in mind that in Ireland we have an unarmed population, an unarmed police force (Garda), and an increasingly armed criminal underclass.
Here in Ireland the recession is having a sinister effect upon the elderly and most vulnerable in our society. What can only be described as an
epidemic of home invasions specifically targeting elderly people often living alone in isolated areas has exploded. Bear in mind that we are a small
country, with a large rural demographic, the population of our entire country comprises half the
population of New York City
, just to add perspective
The litany of crime against the vulnerable in recent months tells a grim tale. Maureen Kelly lives alone in a quiet rural area just outside Convoy,
Co Donegal. She is 86 years old. Last week, at least three raiders stormed into her home and ransacked it, looking for cash and valuables. Just 72
hours earlier, 96- year-old Margaret 'Greta' Lilly needed hospital treatment after her home in Aghilly, Buncrana, was raided. The raiders punched and
threatened the terrified woman. In Listowel, Co Kerry, a 90-year-old woman was discovered lying traumatised on the floor of her bedroom after raiders
broke in during the dark of night, shouting at her to hand over money. The woman, who lives alone, was found lying on the floor of her bedroom in a
state of shock the next morning.
These cowardly attacks have become so commonplace as to be barely newsworthy (dozens in the last three weeks alone) but their vicious nature and the
despicable act of attacking old people unable to defend themselves has been facilitated by a judicial system that is a complete joke and our dear
government's progressive policy of reducing the number of Garda (Police) stations in lower populated areas. Literally our countryside is at the mercy
of travelling gangs of thugs who are operating with impunity and increasing levels of violence.
meanwhile, garda stations are closing their doors for the last time. In rural Limerick, Kilfinane, Kilmeedy, Tournafulla, Castletown, Conyers and
Galbally stations will shut down. In Kerry last year Moyvane, Cloghane and Ballylongford were axed and now Brosna, Abbeydorney, Lauragh, Kilgarvan,
Beaufort, Valentia, Camp, Ballinskelligs and Fenit are in the firing line. Five Tipperary stations – New Inn, Grangemockler, Terryglass, Rearcross,
and Dundrum – are earmarked for closure this year. Three Kildare and two west Wicklow stations are for the chop as well as a significant number of
closures in Galway and Mayo where some of the most violent crimes against the elderly have taken place. Leitrim stations are also being targeted.
Among those that will close next year are nine in the Sligo, Leitrim district including the stations in 'In rural Ireland, there is a palpable anger
that they have been simply abandoned'
A virtually zero police presence (the nearest cop may be an hour away if you are lucky and their understaffed officers aren't doing anything else) and
a system whereby a criminal with over a hundred previous convictions can freely ply their trade unhindered by the threat of jail, if they are caught
most serve minimum reduced sentences due to inadequate revolving door prison system, couple this with an unarmed population and this is a recipe for
In this country it is very difficult to obtain a firearm licence and most weapons including tasers are illegal. Indeed until 2010 it was mandatory for
a homeowner to retreat if their home was invaded and confrontation of an intruder was punished by the courts. Even now confrontation of an intruder
leaves you open to being charged with assault and potentially being prosecuted by the
perpetrator. Lethal force may be used but only if
your life is in danger
which is a tough call to make. While this is a welcome change from the ridiculous retreat situation pre 2010 it is still
a very grey area and fraught with pitfalls should a homeowner decide to defend themselves. Ergo the criminal targets those too old and weak to defend
The present debate in the US regarding gun ownership is interesting as many people are now seeing obtaining a gun as the only way to feel safe in
their homes. The usual outcry against gun posession by a householder is shouted loudly here, mainly by people who do not live alone in isolated
countryside, living in terror of every slight noise outside at night and have access to the police within an hour.
I myself live alone in a rural area and have been burgled previously, they beat my dog (in the countryside no one was around to hear him bark) and I
was at work when my front door was kicked in luckily (for whom?) But I am reasonably fit with martial arts experience and many weapons at my disposal,
no guns though, but if I could obtain a firearm I would and would not hesitate to use it on the next assh*le who kicked my door in. As it stands if
someone enters my property without my permission, they better have told someone where they are, cause I ain't askin any questions first.
One exception was this one, where a 69 year old woman chased an intruder in his twenties from her home with an axe..
A BRAVE pensioner who chased a burglar with an axe was so alert gardai were able to arrest a suspect. The 69-year-old woman is the latest victim of
aggravated burglary in Co Donegal. A man broke into her home 1km outside the village of Kilmacrennan at 3.45am yesterday, but by the time he entered
her bedroom she had already called gardai. The burglar threatened her before taking her handbag and some medicines.
But he will be out on bail next morning and if he does get any jail time it will be a few weeks maximum (broken home/drug dependency boo hoo)
Literally in this country you can get caught doing this up to a hundred times without it really impacting your life in any signifigant way.
15 minutes alone in a cell with this scumbag would make me very happy indeed. These cowardly pondlife are only brave men when bullying grannies and
old men in the dead of night and IMHO deserve no quarter.
TPTB are sacrificing the most vulnerable in our crumbling society to protect the bankers and feather the nests of our politicians. Our police force
are overworked, overstretched and are increasingly being deprived of funds and resources by their political masters. Our old, sick and poor don't
matter at all. And it's getting worse.
Ireland, once a country of welcomes friendliness and community is now No country For Old Men or Women