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Conned Kathleen's €3,000 cash recovered


Kathleen Byrne

Kathleen Byrne

Kathleen Byrne

AN ELDERLY woman who was conned out of her €3,000 life savings by a group of men claiming to fix her roof has said she "doesn't know how to thank" the public after her money was recovered.

Gardai confirmed that the full sum had been recovered, but that there had been no arrests in relation to the incident.

Pensioner Kathleen Byrne (83) from Dublin was left out of pocket following the incident on Monday.


Speaking to the Herald last night, Ms Byrne said she was "delighted" that the money had been recovered, but said she "doesn't know how to thank" her neighbours and the public for their support.

"I had a friend over earlier tonight, and the phone rang six times while they were here.

"My phone has been ringing off the hook. The support from everyone has been incredible."

Ms Byrne, who was previously targeted when the thatched portion of her roof was set alight, added: "I hope this will be the end of it now."

A garda spokesman later outlined the progress they had made.

"As part of an investigation, three males were interviewed by gardai this evening. All of the money has been recovered. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)," the spokesman said.

He added that there had been no arrests or charges as of yet. "No arrests, no charges, three interviewed, money recovered, file to DPP. That's it in a nutshell."

Earlier, a group of roofers offered to inspect the home and repair any damage, free of charge.

Ms Byrne, who has lived in the small house for 58 years, withdrew her €3,000 life savings from her local post office after a group of men called to her door last Monday and claimed her roof needed repairing.