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Cllr Carney Boud condemns racist attacks in Willow Park Estate

16 October, 2015 - by Cathleen Carney Boud

Sinn Féin city councillor Cathleen Carney Boud has condemned on going racist attacks and intimidation taking place against a group of young people from India who are living in Willow Park Estate Dublin.

Cllr Carney Boud said:

“A gang of teenagers has been targeting this group of young people who work and study in Dublin. The local residents are appalled and contacted me.

“I raised my concerns with the Gardai and asked if one community Garda could be assigned as a liaison for ease of communication.

“This was initiated, but when one of the girls was attacked the other night no guards showed up. The attacks have escalated from attacking the house to now attacking a person.

Cllr Carney Boud continued:

“I am shocked that such attacks are taking place in this constituency and I am urging the Gardaí to step up and provide the necessary protection to these young people.

“I was surprised to learn that there is no Garda protocol in place when dealing with racist attacks which are quite different to 'normal' anti-social behaviour.

“Such procedures should include extra monitoring, identifying suspects and informing schools and community groups in the area, which would enable the schools to then put in place an anti - racism programme to highlight the issue. This would help prevent the escalation of violence that we are now seeing. 

“They are lovely, quiet and hardworking people, it is just awful that they are being targeted in this way.

“I hope that the community stands together to send out a clear message that racism is wrong and will not be tolerated by the people of this area.”

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