Emergency services at the scene of a ‘stabbing near school’ in central Dublin
Garda have been defended by an Irish minister as the country’s justice minister warned that further “violence” on the streets of Dublin “will not be tolerated”.
Public Expenditure Minister Pascal Donohoe said Irish police faced an unprecedented situation when violent riots broke out in the capital on Thursday following a knife attack on three children and their care assistant outside Gaelscoil Cholaiste Mhuire primary school.
Speaking to the BBC, he acknowledged that law and order was not being maintained “in our city center as we would like and the country would expect”, but praised the “exceptional work” of the force in “tough and demanding conditions”.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Helen McEntee said “those responsible will be brought to justice”.
It comes as the five-year-old girl who was stabbed remains in a critical condition at CHI Temple Street, while the children’s care assistant, a woman in her 30s, is in a serious but stable condition at the Mater Hospital.
A man in his late 40s is in a serious but stable condition in a hospital in the Dublin area. Garda said he remains a “person of interest” in the investigation as police continue to investigate the knife attack.
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Tara CobhamNovember 26, 2023 1:25 PM
Donohoe gives ‘full support’ to Ireland’s justice minister and Garda commissioner
Full confidence has been expressed in Ireland’s justice minister and the head of the Irish police after they were called to quit following the worst riots the state has seen in decades.
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe also warned of divisions after Garda cars, a bus and a tram were torched in Dublin last week, shops damaged and looted and officers attacked during violent scenes involving far-right elements.
It happened shortly after three children and a woman were injured in a stabbing outside a school in the northern city centre.
Tara CobhamNovember 26, 2023 1:17 PM
Watch: Ireland’s parliament is protected by a steel ring after riots in Dublin
Irish parliament protected by steel ring after riots in Dublin
Tara CobhamNovember 26, 2023 12:58 PM
Irish police defended by minister after riots
Garda have been defended by an Irish minister in the wake of the violent riots that swept through Dublin on Thursday evening.
Pascal Donohoe said Irish police faced an unprecedented situation when chaotic scenes broke out in the capital on Thursday afternoon following a knife attack on three children and their care assistant outside Gaelscoil Cholaiste Mhuire primary school.
Speaking on BBC News NI’s Sunday Politics programme, he acknowledged that law and order was not being maintained “in our city center as we would like and the country would expect”, but praised the “exceptional work” of the force in “ harsh and demanding conditions”.
Tara CobhamNovember 26, 2023 11:50 am
Some 48 arrests have been made in Dublin since Thursday
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said 48 arrests had been made in the city since Thursday and a high-visibility policing plan was in place throughout the weekend, including the deployment of four public order units.
The Garda dog unit and mounted unit are also deployed, and two water cannons are available for use if required.
The water cannon has been loaned by the Police Service of Northern Ireland following a request for mutual aid from Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
If deployed, they will be operated solely by members of An Garda Siochana.
Tara CobhamNovember 26, 2023 10:32 am
‘Violence’ on the streets of Dublin will not be tolerated – Irish Justice Minister
Further “violence” on the streets of Dublin “will not be tolerated”, Ireland’s justice minister has warned.
There was a large gardai presence in the Irish capital over the weekend following the riots on Thursday evening.
The chaotic scenes – involving far-right elements – saw Garda cars, buses and trams set on fire, and shops looted and damaged following a knife attack on three children and their care assistant outside a north inner city school.
Tara CobhamNovember 26, 2023 9:45 am
Over £280,000 raised for Deliveroo hero who stopped child knife attack in Dublin
Caio Benicio, 43, was hailed as a hero for stopping an attack on three children in Dublin after jumping off his bike and hitting the attacker on the head with his helmet.
The father of two children said Daily email that he “acted on instinct” after driving past Parnell Square and seeing what he thought was a “normal fight”.
Mr Benicio said the man fell to the ground and others came to help keep him there.
The hero driver who moved to Ireland from Rio de Janeiro a year ago said: “I didn’t have time to be afraid. I have two children of my own and I didn’t have time to be afraid, I just acted.”
Organizer Paul Darcy set up the GoFundMe page and said: “The man is a hero and the least we can do is buy him a pint, so I’m asking you to donate the price of a pint of Guinness in your area so he knows how people in Dublin appreciate him.”
Anuj BroekNovember 26, 2023 9:00 am
How the riots in Dublin started: from flares and fireworks at a crime scene to a mob of hundreds of people
Three young children and an adult woman and man were all injured in the stabbings outside Ireland’s Gaelscoil Cholaiste Mhuire primary school on Parnell Square East at around 1.30pm, an incident that immediately made headlines.
Garda (Irish police) said on Saturday they were continuing to investigate the knife attack, which left a five-year-old girl in a critical condition and still fighting for her life in hospital on Saturday.
A second girl, aged 6, continues to receive medical treatment for less serious injuries at CHI Crumlin. A 5-year-old boy was discharged from CHI Crumlin last night.
The childcare worker, a woman in her 30s who authorities say used her body to protect the children, remains in serious condition at the Mater Hospital. A man in his 50s also remains in a serious condition in a hospital in the Dublin area.
Anuj BroekNovember 26, 2023 8:00 am
Elon Musk weighs in on the Dublin riots, claiming the country’s Prime Minister ‘hates the Irish people’
The interaction took place on Musk’s social media platform. He responded to a meme account that shared a clip of a news story about the legislative initiative, complaining that the “Irish government wants all your freedoms.”
“Irish children were stabbed by a foreign man in Dublin yesterday, but the government is twisting the story and using the response as an opportunity to pass new hate speech laws,” the account owner wrote. “The Irish government wants all your freedoms.”
Mr Musk, the richest man in the world and the owner of one of the most influential social media platforms, responded to the story by saying: “Ironically, the Irish Prime Minister hates the Irish people.”
Anuj BroekNovember 26, 2023 7:00 am
Girl, 6, released from hospital as another girl remains critical
Another child injured in the Dublin stabbing was released by medical staff after being admitted to hospital with head injuries.
A five-year-old girl, one of three children injured in a knife attack in Dublin, was left fighting for her life on Friday as the spotlight fell on far-right groups in Ireland after a night of rioting in the Irish capital.
Police chiefs said they expected many more arrests to follow after 34 were detained following a night of disturbances when around 500 far-right sympathizers and apparently angry youths went on the rampage on Thursday, causing damage that could cost tens of millions of euros to repair. according to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
Barney DavisNovember 26, 2023 6:30 am