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Disabled victim of car theft happy to be back on road

A young disabled mother whose car was stolen by heartless thieves says she feels independent again after a generous donor gave her a new car.

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Eilis McSeain (30) was standing with her crutches when the ruthless thieves jumped into her car and sped off.

But after a national newspaper and radio appeal, one big-hearted car dealer has presented her with a 2012 car.

Darragh Fitzpatrick, of Erne Motors in Cavan, heard Eilis telling Ray D'Arcy on his Today FM radio show that she had lost her sense of independence.

He and Toyota Motors contacted Ms McSeain and offered to get her back on the road immediately until her insurance comes through for the stolen car. Yesterday, they presented the overjoyed Cavan woman with a 2012 Toyota Verso S, fully kitted out for a disabled person.

Last night, Ms McSeain, who turned 30 on Monday, said it was the best birthday present she could get. She commented: "I'm delighted for my son Darragh. I'm so happy with the car."

But she has said she would still love to get her own car back. It was stolen by two women at a playground outside Killeshandra, Co Cavan.

Crutches

She is still shocked that the two thieves left her on the side of the road despite seeing her walking frame in the car.

She said: "They obviously saw it was a disabled person's car and that I couldn't run at them or stop them. They saw me hobbling towards the car on my two crutches and with Darragh (3). We were the only ones in the playground. They had to know it was my car, I've no doubt.

The thieves took the blue Toyota Yaris, registration number 12 CN 899, on the afternoon of April 5.

Gardai in Killeshandra have asked the public to report any sightings to them on (049)-4334302.

The kind-hearted gesture comes as Gardai have arrested a 26-year-old woman in Dublin in connection with the theft. The woman, with a Dublin address, was arrested on the North Circular Road around midday on Tuesday.

Last night she was being questioned at Ballyconnell garda station in Cavan.

A source told this newspaper that the suspect told gardai that that the car had being sold on.

Irish Independent