Friday 19 January 2018

Enda Kenny calls Castlebar killings ‘act of savagery’

Taoiseach knew brothers personally

The scene of double killing of two brothers at New Antrim Street, Castlebar
The scene of double killing of two brothers at New Antrim Street, Castlebar
New Antrim Street in Castlebar. Photo: Google Street view

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has hit out at the killing of two elderly men in his home town of Castlebar as an “act of savagery”.

The bodies of the men, aged 69 and 76, were discovered in Castlebar, Co Mayo, at 7am today.

Mr Kenny revealed that he had known the two brothers personally – they had lived just down the road 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 of two men that I knew well, two brothers," he said.

And Mr Kenny referred to the fact the men’s house on New Antrim Street  was close to his constituency office.

"[They] were residents of the street where my office is for very many years, and I find this is an act of savagery,” he said.

Mr Kenny also said the brothers were well liked and never harmed anyone in their lives.

The pensioners were attacked in their house during a botched burglary.

Their bodies will be taken to Castlebar General Hospital today where a post mortem will be carried out.

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 is due to create 800 jobs.

Gardai have appealed to the public for help with their investigation.

Anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact the Incident Room at Castlebar Garda Station on 094-9022222, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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