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Saturday 23 August 2014

Businesswoman attacked for third time by house intruders

Tom Shiel

Published 23/03/2013 | 05:00

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Regina Sweeney, shortly after she was attacked the first time.

A businesswoman has been attacked for the third time in as many months in her home by intruders.

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Regina Sweeney was recovering at Mayo General Hospital last night from injuries she received when hooded men attacked her at her house in Breaffy, near Castlebar.

Following the latest attack, the 36-year-old boutique owner was rushed to hospital with unspecified injuries after she was confronted by the intruders at around 5pm yesterday.

It is understood her injuries are not life threatening.

Members of the armed garda Emergency Response Unit rushed to the scene and checkpoints were set up afterwards over a wide area

Mrs Sweeney – who is married to a local garda detective – is a daughter of the late Liam Coady, personal driver to Taoiseach Enda Kenny when he was leader of the opposition.

She was first attacked and robbed at her home in early December by two men who were wearing balaclavas and she was left with a nasty bruise after being struck in the face.

Underworld

Following the December attack, Ms Sweeney appeared on 'The Late Late Show' during a discussion about a rural crime wave.

During the second attack, which took place last month, she was taunted by her two attackers that she "wasn't as cocky now as she was on the telly".

Only close members of Mrs Sweeney's family – including her husband Declan and mother Kathleen Coady – were being allowed at her hospital bedside last night.

Community leaders in Castlebar expressed shock and revulsion yesterday evening at the latest incident and said they hoped she would make a full recovery.

There is local speculation that a criminal underworld gang with possible Limerick connections may be involved in the series of attacks on Mrs Sweeney because of her garda connections.

Irish Independent

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