‘I don’t know if it’s safe to work late anymore’

A businesswoman has said she no longer feels safe staying open late at night in Longford town after vandals attempted to smash through her front door.

A businesswoman has said she no longer feels safe staying open late at night in Longford town after vandals attempted to smash through her front door.

Susan O’Connor made the comments just a few hours following an attempted raid at her dental repair clinic along the town’s Dublin Street recently.

The Dundalk entrepreneur’s anxiety over what had just unfolded was made all the more worse by the fact she had only recently moved premises.

“I would only usually open early when I would have clients who were on their way to work. This morning (Wednesday) I said I would wait until 9:15pm and I was that afraid I walked down (stairs) with a hammer in my hand,” she said.

As our photographs show, damage was caused to the Ms O’Connor’s front door as thieves tried to gain access to her new-look establishment.

Visibly distressed, she claimed the incident was likely to cost up to €2,000 to rectify.

“My father (Aiden) opened this place 23 years ago across the road and nothing ever happened,” she claimed as customers continued to come in and out of her busy clinic. “This year, I decided I needed something more modernised. I got a new sign and a new door, but I’m three weeks here, that’s all.”

The upshot of it all has left the plain-speaking dentistry owner having to re-assess her own safety needs. “I would work here up until 10 or 11pm but now I am saying to myself, is it safe?” she asked.

To read this story in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.