Locals in fear after OAP stabbed on her doorstep

by Emma Nolan
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NOToRIOUS criminals have been linked to the attack on grandmother Bridie Smith in
Ballyfermot on January 2.
Mum-of-five Bridie Smith was repeatedly stabbed when she answered her door to two men as she was preparing to go to mass.
An associate of criminal Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll is in the frame for the attack on the 72-year-old, and detectives believe the real target of the attack in Dublin’s Ballyfermot was a man suspected of firing shots at O’Driscoll’s pal in Cherry Orchard last month.
Bridie remains in a critical condition in St James’s Hospital after she was stabbed up to seven times.
Initial reports suggested that two men were seen running from the scene shortly afterwards.
No arrests have been made. Gardai said they were keeping an open mind on the motive for the attack, though the main theory being explored is that the grandmother was targeted in a case of mistaken identity.
Councillor Daithi Doolan (SF) said the community was shocked by the attack.
“We cannot allow our older folks, our elderly, our neighbours to be held siege by this criminality,” he added.
“People need to be able to live in their homes and open their door to safety in the morning.”
A large team of Garda investigators have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries as they try to track down the attackers. The Irish Sun reported that investigators are examining a number of theories, including the possibility that innocent Bridie was the victim of mistaken identity, or that she may have fallen foul of a local criminal gang.
On Sunday night, a Garda spokesman appealed for assistance from the public as they try to track down the attackers.
He said: “Gardai in Ballyfermot are investigating an Assault Causing Harm incident which occurred at approximately 9.30am on New Year’s Day in Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.
“A woman in her 70s was taken to St James’s Hospital with apparent stab wounds. Her condition is described as critical.
“No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing. Gardai 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.”
Neighbours and nearby residents have expressed shock following the vicious attack on an innocent, elderly woman.
Local man Seamus Pender 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.”
Another local told reporters: “I’m just hoping she’ll make a full recovery. She was the same age as my mam. It’s terrible.”
Two of Mrs Smith’s sons – Stephen and Paul – were cleared last July of attacking an elderly neighbour after claiming it was a third brother. Andrew Smith was jailed for two-and-a-half years after he admitted assaulting Jenny Lynch as she walked home from Mass.

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