14 February 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A Co Monaghan pensioner who was the victim of an horrific crime ordeal a number of years ago and who has been campaigning to have the government reconsider its Budget 2014 decision to discontinue the telephone allowance for elderly people living alone has received messages of support from elderly people across counties Monaghan and Cavan.

As reported in last week’s Northern Standard 77-year-old Patrick Watters from Lisnalong described himself in an open letter as living in fear. Speaking to the Northern Standard this week Mr Watters said that he had since received approximately 30 phone calls of support for his campaign from pensioners in counties Monaghan and Cavan.

“My phone has not stopped ringing and they are all saying the same thing to me. They are losing their telephone allowance and are living in fear. I am advocating for people living alone,” said Mr Watters.
Three masked intruders armed with iron bars burst into Mr Watters’ home in December 2009 and cornered him in his living room.

“They were all armed with iron bars and shouting “where’s the money.” They pushed me back into a chair, one of them stood over me wielding a large iron bar while the other two ransacked my whole home, breaking my bed, mirrors and other furniture.” 

The terrifying ordeal lasted approximately two hours and Mr Watters believes that had his neighbour, Brian McGahan, not had come to his house while it was going on that he would be in his grave today. He was also grateful for the assistance he received …

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