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Saturday 17 February 2018

Public urged to check on elderly neighbours

Paul Melia

A GROUP representing older people has urged the public to check on neighbours as the big freeze takes its toll.

Four pensioners have died after falling in icy conditions, and Age Action Ireland last night urged people to avoid going out until the thaw has set in.

Spokesman Eamon Timmins said footpaths remained covered in ice.

People should check with their neighbours to ensure they were warm, had fuel, food and medication in the house.

"I don't think the danger is gone. A lot of people are falling outside their homes bringing in fuel.

"We would urge people to stay put for another day or two. Some older people are still trapped in their homes and it's important for people to call in. Don't assume someone else has done it."

Catherine Ita Curtis (75) was discovered close to her home at Birmingham Road, Tuam, Co Galway, shortly before lunch- time on Tuesday. On Saturday, Mayo farmer Peter Irwin (85) was found dead just yards from his home in Derryhillagh in Kilmurry, a rural area near Ballina.

Last week Tom Connolly (78), of Lui na Greine, Claremorris, Co Mayo and Donal O'Connell (81), from Doona in Milford, Co Cork, died.

Irish Independent

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