A family who are fundraising for a life-changing operation for their young daughter have hit out at thieves who targeted their home twice in the last 10 days.
Eamon and Lynda Murphy from Dundalk, Co Louth are currently trying to raise €100,000 to pay for surgery in the US for their two-year-old daughter Zoe Murphy.
Zoe was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and her parents have been told she will struggle to walk as a result.
They hope to raise the six-figure sum to pay for life-changing surgery and physiotherapy for their daughter at St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri.
So far, thousands of euro has been raised and this has made the Murphy home a target for thieves.
“We understand that with all the good coming for Zoe we must take some bad," the family wrote in a statement on Facebook.
"After two attempted break-ins at our house in 10 days we must assume that it’s no coincidence so feel we should stress something we thought everyone would just assume anyway.
"At no point is money for Zoe’s operation kept in our house. We have two committees with treasurers who handle all funds collected for Zoe and deal with the bank accounts.
“We have no access to money nor personally store any money especially where our children live."
The family went onto say that they are shocked that they have been targeted.
“We can’t believe we have to put this up when everything is going so good for Zoe, but felt it important as we can only believe we are being targeted.
“Thank you all for all your kindness and support.”