The Mayor of Bundoran has spoken out against an attack on a man who was walking near Roguey on Saturday night.
Gardaí are appealing for information after three young men, one of whom may have been carrying a knife, set upon and attempted to rob the man at around 9.45pm.
Their intended victim, who is in his 60s, managed to fend the attackers off and they fled on foot. He was taken to Sligo General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
The assailants were wearing jeans and hoodies and it is thought that they may be of Eastern European origin.
Bundoran Mayor, Sinn Féin Cllr. Mick McMahon, said yesterday that he “condemns the attack utterly”.
“The looped walk along the shore front out near Roguey is one of the most popular amenities in this town, used by locals and visitors alike,” he said.
“It is a cause of very serious concern to think that a gang of three young men would attack someone like this. Fortunately, in this instance, the man escaped relatively unharmed but I am certain that he would have been very badly shaken by such an ordeal. And, given that one of these young thugs may have been carrying a knife, it’s all the more alarming to think what might have happened.”
Mayor McMahon said it’s very likely that people witnessed the incident, as it was not very late at night and there may well have been others out walking at the time. “I’d encourage anyone who might have seen anything at all suspicious or who feels that they have information that might be of use in the investigation, to contact the gardaí as soon as possible at Bundoran on 071 984 1203 or at the District Office in Ballyshannon on 071 985 8530.”
Mr McMahon also said the incident showed the need for the government to “urgently re-think” its position on garda staff numbers and station closures. “The government must take responsibility for its moratorium on garda recruitment and for reducing station opening hours and closing rural stations. “Members of the Garda Síochána in Bundoran and, indeed, throughout Donegal have retired and not been replaced since the moratorium came into effect. This, combined with reduction in some station’s opening hours and the proposed closure of some rural stations, sends out the wrong message to the criminal element.”