‘Youths were spotted holding up traffic with the wheelchair getting a ‘laugh’ out of it…’THE theft of a wheelchair that was a young boy’s “only form of independence,” has been seen as a “sickening new low” for a family that has battled hardship for the last three years in Thomondgate. 16-year-old Shane Dundon has cerebral palsy and is now house bound because of the actions of a number of youths who stole the wheelchair from the front porch of the family home in Thomondgate last Sunday. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mother of six, Theresa Dundon, told the Limerick Post that the seat and frame of the chair were found the following day in Hartigan Villas after youths took the wheels and used them for a horse-drawn sulky kart.“It is bad enough trying to get the council to repair the house, but taking Shane’s only form of independence has really knocked his confidence. He’s upstairs in his room now and can’t or wont come down. He started in St Nessan’s recently and that was a big step for him. I mean, my son has welts on his hands from having to crawl in and out the front door. This is no life for a boy who has suffered to this stage of his life”.Theresa’s and the lives of her family have taken many set backs as the Limerick woman had to bury her college going son who was murdered in the UK during a random act of violence. With five children now, four of whom live with here in the “decrepit house” in Thomondgate, Theresa says that she has been living on empty promises from the local authority to get her house wheelchair friendly.“The house is in a very bad way, the shower doesn’t work, the toilet is in a state, the backgarden is like a swimming pool and it’s gone from bad to worse”.The Dundon family had to move from their original home in Hartigan Villas as the house next-door to their former home was petrol bombed and the council moved them for their own safety.“I had heroin addicts in the garden shooting up and for fear I had to sleep on the couch. We were all in fear of what random act could happen next and even my son crawled out to the front green at 6am scared out of his wits. The council moved us after the lady next door had her house petrol bombed. Now we have been put into this house and they have just forgotten about us. Letters go unanswered, promises go unfulfilled and I’m told there’s no money there to put in a few ramps.“It broke my heart to hear Shane say to me, ‘Mam, if I fell outside and broke my neck maybe then they would do something then’”.Shane’s sister, Nicole, says that this is not the first incident involving a group of up to eight youths “who are taking children’s bikes, hubcaps from cars and stuff like that, but it has taken a step too far this time.Gardai at Mayorstone are investigating.Nicole’s frustration continued when she added that the perpetrators of the wheelchair theft are aged “as young as 12 and 13. They shouldn’t go unpunished because of their age. It makes me sick to think that you cant even leave a wheelchair in your own porch without it being stolen.” Advertisement Facebook Email Print WhatsApp Previous articleBowie’s career under the spotlightNext articleLimerick FC could win title this weekend admin NewsLocal NewsWheelchair theft seen as new lowBy admin – September 27, 2012 720 Twitter Linkedin
The five-match ODI series against Pakistan will begin on May 8.Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently at the bottom of the table.Chennai Super Kings have qualified for the IPL 2019 playoffs. highlights Royal Challengers Bangalore still have a slim chance of reaching the playoffs in the Indian Premier League and will have to win the remaining games and hope other results go their way if they have to reach the top four in the IPL 2019 points table. With Chennai Super Kings qualifying for the playoffs after a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, the fight for the remaining three spots has intensified.When asked as to what has changed for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last four games, Moeen said the presence of Dale Steyn and his ability to take wickets in the powerplay has proven to be a vital factor. “Dale has been a huge impact. We did not take wickets in the powerplays. If you take four wickets in powerplays, most of the time you win matches. He has been a class act. The way he swings the ball is a brave thing to do. Probably that has been the missing factor, which cost us games,” Moeen said.A win for Royal Challengers Bangalore will keep them in the hunt for the playoffs while a loss could end their chances of reaching the last four. However, England will play Pakistan for five ODIs starting from May 8 and it will finish on May 19. Before the ODI series, they will play one Twenty20 International. New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore were staring down the barrel with six consecutive losses. However, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali have all chipped in and ensured Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the next three out of four games. Kohli’s century against Kolkata Knight Riders was well-backed up by Moeen’s blazing 66 while he also chipped in with a crucial cameo against Chennai Super Kings. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s next game against Kings XI Punjab will be the last for Moeen as he leaves the IPL in order to prepare for the upcoming ODI series against England, which will be the last tournament before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.“It’s not ideal. I think it’s worse when there are three games to go. If there were 6, 7 games, it was a little more understandable. And knowing that there could be a chance of going through if we win all our games, then you miss out on a potential semifinal and stuff, but I will definitely keep an eye out and see how they are going, hoping that we are winning all our games,” Moeen said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.