Vandals strike Irish Red Cross base in Laois for the third time

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Vandals strike Irish Red Cross unit in Laois for the third time

Pictures: Irish Red Cross Laois Area volunteers working on St Patrick's DAy and the smashed window and broken glass at their Mountrath base

The Irish Red Cross Laois Unit in Mountrath has been struck by vandals for the third time since it moved into the base in the town. 

Volunteers at the unit were 'disheartened' when they discovered a window at their unit was smashed last Thursday for no reason.

The Laois Area Director of Units for the Irish Red Cross, Omra Lahey, told the Leinster Express that all 30 members locally are volunteers and there is no reason why anyone would target their base like this. 

“On Thursday, the window was broken for the third time since we moved into that building in 2015. Every time someone breaks the window or door we have no idea why genuinely no idea.

“It is very frustrating and we have to go along and fix it, we have no issues with anybody, this window was €95 to replace and we have to fund that. The last time it was a door and a window and there was a stone or rock after going through the window but we didn't see anything this time. We have no idea why it is just frustrating.

“The community is very good to us everyone knows that we are in there, we couldn't begin to understand it. It was disheartening yesterday we were just saying ‘not again’,” she said.

The Irish Red Cross Laois Area group is made up entirely of volunteers. They run first aid courses in GAA clubs, communities and schools. They recently covered the St Patrick's Day parades in Portlaoise and Mountrath and they are on standby for weather events like storms and snow.

“We have 30 members about 15 based in the unit, all voluntary, it is very busy and we cover a lot of areas,” Omra added.

The vandalism has been reported to gardai.

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