Get real-time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox when you sign up for our breaking news emails, for free. Ireland’s Minister for Public Expenditure Pascal Donohoe came to the defense of Garda, the country’s police force, amid the recent mayhem that took place in Dublin. The streets saw violent riots break out following numerous children and their care assistant being the victims of a knife attack outside Gaelscoil Cholaiste Mhuire primary school. As Ireland’s justice minister warned of clamping down on further “thuggery” on the streets, the Minister for Public Expenditure commended the exceptional work done by law enforcement under extreme circumstances.
Robust police action has seen 48 arrests, with a noticeable high-visibility policing plan in place throughout the weekend. The Garda dog unit and mounted unit have been deployed, and water cannon are available for use if required. Amidst these events, a community rallied around a man named Caio Benicio, who apprehended the attacker and initiated a fundraiser due to his heroic deeds in ending the assault on three children.
The chaos—wrought by a knife attack on three children and their care assistant—spilled onto the streets of Dublin, giving way to far-right elements who set vehicles alight and looted shops. The children and their care assistant were critically injured, but the Dublin community stands strong amidst these trying times.