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Monday 22 January 2018

Knife attack that left woman (72) fighting for life may be linked to 'ongoing family feud'

Gardai CSI members pictured at the scene of the stabbing at Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Gardai CSI members pictured at the scene of the stabbing at Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Investigators at the scene of the stabbing on Oranmore Road in Ballyfermot
Investigators at the scene of this morning's stabbing on Oranmore Road in Ballyfermot (Photo: Colin O'Riordan)
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Cathal McMahon and Alan O'Keeffe

Gardaí are investigating if a stabbing that left an elderly widow fighting for her life is connected to an ongoing family feud.

The pensioner victim, named locally as Bridie Smith, was stabbed in the chest after answering her front door on Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot shortly after 9.30am today.

Sources say that two people were involved in the horror attack on Mrs Smith, who is in her 70s.

She was taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital where her condition is described as "critical", by gardaí.

Mrs Smith, a widowed mother-of-five, has been living in the area for several decades.

One line of enquiry is that the attack is linked to an ongoing family-based feud in the local area.

A number of people have appeared in the courts in relation to this dispute.

In 2015 another innocent elderly lady was attacked while returning from mass.

Detectives will examine if the two incidents are connected.

Nobody has been arrested in relation to this latest attack.

In a statement gardaí said they were "investigating an Assault Causing Harm incident which occurred at approximately 09:30 this morning in Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.

"A woman in her 70s was taken to St James Hospital with apparent stab wounds. Her condition is described as critical."

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 – 666 7200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Residents in the Oranmore Road area of Ballyfermot expressed shock and sadness at the vicious stabbing of their elderly neighbour.

"I'm terribly shocked. The guards came to my door asking if I saw anything but I hadn't," said a 38-year-old mother-of-five.

"I'm just hoping she'll make a full recovery. She was the same age as my mam. It's terrible," she said.

"Another old woman was attacked down the road around a year ago," she said

A 72-year-old Ballyfermot woman said "It's an awful thing to happen on New Year's Day. I'll be saying a prayer for her."

Local man Seamus Pender (59) said: "She has lived in the area for a long time. We heard that one of her sons may have been in bed when she was attacked.

"We're all very shocked. The family have been living here for a long time. The first I heard about it was when the guards came to the door asking if anyone had seen anything," said the father of one.

The scene has been sealed off for a forensic examination.

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