GARDA sources say they are confident that they have identified the “thugs” who carried out the callous attack on the 78-year-old Pettigo pensioner at her home earlier this year.
Phyllis McGee sprang to national attention after being interviewed on RTE’s Prime Time having being robbed on two separate occasions in her isolated cottage outside Pettigo.
At the time the brave pensioner said that if she laid her hands on the perpetrators that she “would teach them a good lesson”.
Ms McGee has always maintained that those who carried out the attack were from the immediate area as their accents were quite familiar.
Gardaí have been extremely supportive of Ms McGee and have been investigating the incidents thoroughly and sources now say that they are investigating a gang who live just a short distance from Pettigo on the other side of the border in Fermanagh.
Just last week the Garda Station in the village of Pettigo was re-opened and now has a full time member, Garda Catherine Henry in the station.
Gardaí have indicated that they are still gathering evidence on the incident at the McGee cottage and on several other incidents in the Pettigo area.