Anger over South Armagh priest hammer attack
Local politicians have united in their condemnation of the people responsible for a burglary and hammer attack on a priest in South Armagh.
Fr Dermot Moloney, Parish Priest at St Patrick’s Church, Dromintee, was attacked on Wednesday night when three armed intruders entered the parochial house.
Father Moloney unwittingly walked in and disturbed the three burglars in the office of his parochial house and he was then assaulted with a hammer and locked in a bathroom.
The South Armagh priest managed to escape by climbing out of a window in the bathroom. Father Moloney received treatment in hospital and was left badly shaken
Local SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley told Newry Times, “I totally condemn this outrageous attack on Fr Dermot Maloney. I have worked with Father in his role as chaplain of St. Paul’s and know the good work he does in the school and with the school’s outreach to Africa.
“He is highly respected in his Dromintee parish for his caring work amongst the people. Those who attacked him and stole money from him are lacking in the basics of human dignity and need to be brought before the courts.
Bradley added, “I would appeal to anyone who can help the police identify those responsible to contact the police immediately. I wish Fr. Maloney a speedy and full recovery from this traumatic ordeal.”
Newry & Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin echoed Bradley’s sentiments. He stated, “This was a despicable act and for someone to have been forcibly held in a room against their will is a disgrace. Hopefully those behind this attack will be brought to justice.”
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