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Mum's plea to end blast boy's terror

THE mum of a little boy who lost four fingers in a pipebomb explosion says he still suffers from nightmares.

Kelly Anne Duffy has urged the public to help gardai find the perpetrators -- saying it would "help PJ and his younger brother Oisin sleep at night".

Since the horrific ordeal on June 20 last, brave PJ (5) has undergone 32 hours of operations.

However, against all the odds, he managed to return to school for the new term.

Little PJ was getting ready for a school cycling event when he went out into his garden in Sycamore Drive, Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, and picked up what he thought was a pipe.

It exploded in his hand in a blast that could be heard 100 metres away.

Last night, his mother Kelly Anne Duffy appealed for information on RTE programme Crime Call, telling viewers it would mean so much if an arrest was made in the case.

"It's not going to bring back PJ's fingers. But it would mean a whole lot to me and the kids," she said.

And speaking about the day of the blast, she said: "The whole house shook. When I got to the front door, PJ was sitting at the door with his two hands, and there was just blood and bones and skin."