Coma dad's family launch web bid to catch gun attacker
By Conor Feehan Saturday September 19 2009
The family of a Dublin dad who has been in a coma since being blasted in the head in an unprovoked attack are to launch a website in the hope of bringing his attacker to justice. Postman Robert Delaney (27) remains in Tallaght Hospital after being shot on the morning of October 22 last year at the Russell Rise apartments in Dublin 24.
His family have been told there is no hope of recovery. Robert, a father of two girls, has been in hospital since he was shot in the face with a shotgun after he opened a window at his Tallaght apartment to see who was at his door below. Being cared for
by his partner Mags Purtill and family, Robert is fed through a tube, and his only responses are some limited movements to voices he knows. His right eye and the right side of his brain are dead, and his left eye and left-brain are severely damaged.
Robert has also developed severe epilepsy.
This week his family are set to launch a new website called innocentvictimsofviolence.ie so that families affected by unprovoked attacks can keep their campaigns for justice alive. "We hope the site will help us and others to keep their relatives' plights in the public eye and give contact information for anybody who could assist in ongoing enquiries," Robert's father Terence told the Herald. Wary that the site could be disrupted in the same way as a recently launched website by the family of Raonaid Murray, Mr Delaney explained that a filtering system would be in place to screen posts.