Trina recovering after dog takes chunk out of her on election trail

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Trina O'Dea with Niall Collins TD after submitting her nomination papers. Photo: Eamon Doody
Trina O'Dea with Niall Collins TD after submitting her nomination papers. Photo: Eamon Doody

LOCAL election hopeful Trina O’Dea is recovering after a recent dog attack, which left her on crutches, but she hasn’t let the incident put her off her stride.

The Fianna Fáil candidate in the Adare-Rathkeale area received a deep wound on her shin after she was bitten, by what she believes to have been a Staffordshire bull terrier, while canvassing in the Ballyneety area.

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The incident has left Trina on crutches and attending University Hospital Limerick every 48 hours for medical treatment.

“I’m very grateful for the support I’ve received over the last week or so – it has been overwhelming. I’m very fortunate to have a number of people who have stepped in for me on the canvass trail – people from within the Fianna Fáil party membership, my family, friends and local supporters,” she said.

“While I can’t get to many houses myself I am at the other end of a phone, I would encourage people to contact me on 0868140098 if I can be of assistance to them or if they would like to speak with me before polling day.

“The show must go on and thanks to the support of my family and friends I’m doing just that. I’m not sure how long more I’ll be off my foot for but I’ll continue to do as much as I can to speak to and meet with as many people as I can over the next two weeks. However, if I have not met you and you would like for me to call, let me know and I’ll do my best to get to you.”