Press Release

Minister for Older People condemns cowardly attack on elderly brothers

Speaking at the opening of the Age & Opportunity conference entitled “Creative Change for the Older Person in the residential setting”; Dr Tom Moffatt TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children expressed his utter condemnation of the cowardly attack on the Logan brothers, Paddy and Peter.

The attack, which resulted in the death of Paddy Logan of Castlejordan, County Meath, represented an attack on the very fabric of our society Dr Moffatt went on to say. The Minister of State called on everybody in our community to be ever vigilant and to take the necessary precautions, reminding older people to careful about the identity of callers to their homes and anyone they might allow into their homes. Dr Moffatt also asked the neighbours of older people to be vigilant and alert the Garda if they see any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood.

In his address to the Age & Opportunity conference in Portlaoise this morning Dr Moffatt said he would be speaking to An Taoiseach and his Ministerial colleagues Micheál Martin, John O’Donoghue, Dermot Ahern and Noel Dempsey in the coming days to ensure that all the reasonable steps possible are in place to safeguard the safety of the older members of our communities. The Minister of State concluded by commending the work of Gardai, Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert Committees as well as the work of Voluntary Organisations like Age & Opportunity in providing a feeling a safety to older people and improving their lives through initiatives such as those undertaken by Age & Opportunity.