A heartless thief stole over €300 from members of the Filipino community in Dundalk who were raising money to assist those involved in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
A number of Filipinos were collecting money in Dundalk town centre on Friday last to gather food and clothes to send back to their native homeland following the worst typhoon in living memory.
But a thug deceived one of the collectors at the Square by asking for change from the bucket before he grabbed up to €300 in cash.
Witnesses spotted the thief and another person hopping into a taxi at the Crowe Street rank.
Dundalk gardaí are investigating.
Pat Savage, Dundalk, who was raising money with the local Filipino community, said that he was shocked by the theft.
“Some people really have no hearts,” he said.
“Thousands of people have died in the Philippines and the money we are trying to raise gets robbed. It’s cruel and selfish. There is no justification for such action.”
However, the collectors have thanked the people of Dundalk for their very generous donations and “valuable support”.
A collection took place Sunday Masses and church services in aid of the Philippines.
Part of the collection at St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church will go to the people the Redemptorist community is helping in the city of Tacloban which was virtually destroyed by the typhoon.
Hundreds of people are taking refuge there in a Redemptorist church.