Outrage over vile attack on Wendy - Tallanstown woman beaten and run over and left on the side of road

"WHAT they did do to her unbelievable." Those were the words used by Wendy Taafe's sister Maria when she spoke about the vivious attack on her sister Wendy who was beaten up, driven over, and then left on the side of the road by masked men at Rathory Ardee at the weekend.

"WHAT they did do to her unbelievable." Those were the words used by Wendy Taafe's sister Maria when she spoke about the vivious attack on her sister Wendy who was beaten up, driven over, and then left on the side of the road by masked men at Rathory Ardee at the weekend.

Wendy Taaffe suffered multiple injuries and is now in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda.

The 36-year-old Tallanstown woman was setting up her roadside chip van early on Saturday morning when she was viciously assaulted by at least one masked man.

Wendy's Whistle Stop Chippy is a popular stop with truck drivers on the Ardee-Carrick road and Wendy is highly regarded and hugely popular with all her customers who have been outraged by the attack.

It happened at 6.40am last Saturday at Rathory on the Ardee-Carrick road.

Wendy was just about to pull up in her Toyota Land Cruiser and open her food wagon when a man wearing dark clothes and a balaclava pulled her out of her jeep and assaulted her.

But she fought back.

"You're not getting my jeep," she shouted at her attacker whom she managed to pull back out of the jeep.

He then assaulted her viciously.

"They kicked her on the ground," her sister Maria said. "And then the chip van was driven over her legs. They then tried to drive the car across her but she managed to roll out of the way.

"They just left her there. As the doctor said: I don't know how she survived."

Wendy managed to get to a nearby house.

When her sister arrived at the house Wendy was lying on the hall floor unable to move:

"They're after beating the living daylights out of me," she told her sister.

Her father Dessie told The Democrat that Wendy is now in a body cast and cannot move at the moment and is on a lot of pain killers. He said she was very badly beaten.

"But she is made of tough stuff," he said.

He said she was attacked by at least one man who wore a balaclava.

None of her attackers spoke during the vicious assault.

Wendy's injuries include bleeding on the brain, a fractured right leg, a broken ankle, internal bleeding, a spinal fracture and bruising. Her family believed she may have been targeted for some unknown reason.

The attack is being investigated by gardai at their mid-Louth headquarters in Ardee.

After the attack the men drove off in the direction of Edmonstown where they stopped and unhitched the food wagon about 500 yards from Dooley's pub.

The Toyota land cruiser has not been located.

Ardee gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them at 041 - 68 53 222. It is believed that one person may have come across the attack.