Monday 25 September 2017

Kenny left shocked by 'act of savagery'

The remains of Jack and Tommy Blaine are takes from their home on New Antrin Street in Castlebar
The remains of Jack and Tommy Blaine are takes from their home on New Antrin Street in Castlebar
The scene of double killing of two brothers at New Antrim Street, Castlebar
Paul Dunne, a cousin of Jack and Tom Blaine pictured near their home on New Antrim Street yesterday

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has condemned the brutal murder of two elderly men he used to personally visit in his home town of Castlebar, Co Mayo, as an "act of savagery".

Mr Kenny revealed that he had known Jack and Tommy Blaine, who lived just around the corner from his constituency office in Castlebar.

"I was shocked this morning to get a call from my own town where there's been a brutal and savage murder," he said.

It has emerged that Mr Kenny used to often call into the home of the Blaine brothers, who were widely known and liked in Castlebar.

They were vulnerable elderly men who were assisted by locals – with one pub owner giving Jack a cup of coffee at midnight on Tuesday.

Mr Kenny said the brothers were "lovely people" and "never harmed anybody".

Mr Kenny was speaking after he turned the sod on the construction of a €100m technology and research centre by Kerry Group in Naas in Kildare, which will create 900 jobs.

Fine Gael town councillor Ger Deere, who works in Mr Kenny's constituency office in Castlebar, said the Blaine brothers had been part of the streetscape of the town.

Mr Deere, who is also the deputy mayor of Castlebar, said the monthly meeting of Castlebar town council due to take place today was going to be adjourned as a mark of respect.

And Seanad Cathaoirleach Senator Paddy Burke also said he was shocked.

Irish Independent

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