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Garda Commissioner tells Shatter: priority that people behind Donegal attacks brought to justice

A woman and a man were targeted in aggravated burglaries over night in Co Donegal.

Fine Gael Minister for Justice and Defence Alan Shatter
Fine Gael Minister for Justice and Defence Alan Shatter
Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter has said that the attacks carried out in Co Donegal in the past month are “despicable”.

He made the comment today after it emerged that a woman in her 80s and man in his 60s were both targeted overnight in separate attacks by five men.

The man was locked into a shed by the men, and both victims suffered minor injuries.

In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the Minister said he:

has been assured by the Garda Commissioner that it is an absolute priority for An Garda Síochána to bring the people responsible for these despicable attacks to justice and they are devoting all necessary resources to this end.

The latest attacks came just weeks after a 96-year-old woman was the victim of an aggravated burglary in Co Donegal. She was hospitalised following the attack.

Gardaí in Muff and Buncrana in Co Donegal are investigating two separate aggravated burglaries that occurred overnight, and believe that a blue/grey Proton car with a Northern Ireland registration plate may have been used in those incidents.

Recent attacks led Active Retirement Ireland to say earlier this week that older people are living in fear over the reduced garda presence in their communities.

Read: Elderly woman and man assaulted during Donegal burglaries involving five men>

Read: Older people ‘living in fear’ over reduced garda presence in their communities>

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