Dublin TD Ruth Coppinger tells how home was broken into while she was at RTE

Ruth Coppinger
Ruth Coppinger

Dublin TD Ruth Coppinger has spoken about how her home was broken into while she was at RTE for a radio appearance.

Ms Coppinger's daughter and partner were in the home at the time the Anti-Austerity Alliance politician’s house was targeted.

"My house was burgled last night [Thursday] actually,” she told Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One

"When I arrived home at 9pm the place was rifled through.

"And I just want to emphasise it happens in urban areas as well. In big urban areas we don't see the guards either.

"It was upsetting because my daughter was there and I was actually on my way out to RTE last night, so it was my partner and my daughter and it's upsetting for a child to see a house being invaded."

The TD was appearing on The Late Debate on RTE Radio One when the incident occurred.

She said the reason she brought it up was because crime is a "regular event" for people in urban areas and was not confined to isolated rural parts of the country.

"I do have sympathy with that [rural isolation].

"Some TDs are jumping on this, particularly from conservative parties, because they have nothing else to say on economic issues. They're jumping on this bandwagon of crime - but it affects rural and urban, so let's stop dividing people," she said.

She said she will speak to neighbours who may have seen anything suspicious in the area on Thursday.