The brother of TD Michael Healy-Rae, whose home near Kilgarvan was targeted by burglars in broad daylight, has called for the re-opening of local Garda stations.
Danny Healy-Rae, a county councillor, yesterday said Michael’s house had been “ransacked” in broad daylight and the family still did not know what the thieves were seeking. A house that had been broken into was never the same, he added.
The thieves were disturbed and Michael’s wife, Eileen, who stopped off while on her way from the family post office in the Co Kerry village centre, actually met the thieves running down the avenue.
The thieves had cutting equipment and entered the house through the back on lunchtime on Friday.
Gardaí are seeking a silver jeep in their enquiries.
Michael Healy-Rae is currently in the US.
Kilgarvan, like dozens of villages in the southwest, saw its local Garda stations closed in 2013.
Thieves had become emboldened since the closures and they were easily able to monitor the movements of patrol cars on their way from outside towns.
Danny Healy-Rae said burglars were now operating in daylight, not under cover of darkness. They had never been able to predict the movement of the local gardaí who could arrive at any time, but now that the Garda supervision of villages such as Kilgarvan was some distance away, the thieves had become emboldened.
“They are no longer afraid,” he said. “They are using mobile phones and can monitor the patrol car and whether it is on its way from Kenmare, 10 minutes away.”
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