Ó Snodaigh welcomes conviction of 'joy-riding' attacker
Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed the outcome of today’s court case where a so-called joyrider was convicted of assaulting him. Deputy Ó Snodaigh was attacked on the evening of the 6th March last year when he tried to talk to young people who were racing cars at high speeds through a residential area where children were playing.
The Dublin South-Central TD said: “I want to welcome today’s conviction and to thank the Gardaí in Ballyfermot for their swift response on the night that this assault happened and for their diligent pursuit of the case ever since.
“This assault happened at 5pm on the evening of 6th March last year when I arrived home from the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to find two cars racing through the street, where I live, at very high speeds. Because it was so early in the evening many children, including my own, were out playing and were in immediate danger. When I approached one of the cars to try and talk to the young people, one of them got out of the car and head-butted me in the face. The so-called joy riders then left the area pursued by the Gardaí.
“Joyriding is an ongoing and potentially lethal problem in several areas of my constituency, and throughout Dublin. One of the most worrying developments is that of young people racing cars, which they own, through residential areas at recklessly high speeds without any thought to the risk to their own lives or anybody else in the community. Such behaviour is just as dangerous as ‘joyriding’ and needs to be taken on just as vigorously. There is hardly a town in Ireland where this isn’t a problem and the consequence can be seen in the high rate of deaths on our roads.
“But this problem won’t be eliminated solely through legislation or by the Gardaí or the courts. There is a role for everyone including young people themselves in making this behaviour unacceptable.”