The owner of a Laois hotel has said he is surprised and disappointed at the ‘sheer callousness’ of someone stealing a life-saving defibrillator from the hotel lobby.
Seosamh Murphy of the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow said they purchased the life-saving piece of equipment after two men’s lives were saved in the hotel by the local fire brigade using a defibrillator.
He said they cannot understand why anyone would steal the defibrillator.
“It was available for use by the public and the hotel. We are surprised and disappointed. It is used for saving lives, how could anybody put people’s lives in jeopardy? Now, we have to endeavour to replace it.
"We are at a loss, I don’t know why a piece of equipment to save lives in a special case marked AED could be taken, the sheer callousness that someone could steal it, we couldn’t get over it,” he said.
The incident which occurred within the last week has been reported to gardaí. There was no CCTV at the exact location.
Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí.