Dublin Rocked by Violence Following Knife Assault that Injured Three Children, One Critically

by Chloe Baker
Dublin violence

Central Dublin was engulfed in violent turmoil on Thursday night following a knife assault earlier that day which critically wounded a 5-year-old girl and resulted in hospitalization for a woman and two other children.

The Irish police reported that the young girl was undergoing urgent care in a Dublin hospital after the incident near a school. In response, around 100 individuals took to the streets, many armed with metal rods and concealing their faces.

Authorities stated that over 400 officers, including several in riot equipment, were mobilized in the heart of Dublin to manage the chaos, attributed to “a small faction of hoodlums.”

The police, equipped with shields, repelled attackers trying to kick and punch them. Meanwhile, the police blockade near the incident’s location was bombarded with flares and fireworks. Numerous police vehicles and a tram sustained damage in the unrest, and a bus and a car were set ablaze on O’Connell Bridge.

Several store windows were smashed, and a Foot Locker outlet was plundered. All city transport was halted.

Ireland’s senior police official, Drew Harris, commented, “We’re dealing with a radical hooligan group fueled by extreme-right beliefs and a disruptive element involved in grave violence.”

Calls for calm and caution against misinformation related to the earlier assault were issued by both police and political leaders.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee declared, “The events unfolding tonight in our city center are unacceptable and must not be tolerated. A manipulative and rowdy group cannot exploit a horrific tragedy to cause mayhem.”

Previously, the police identified a man in his 50s, who was also severely injured, as a key figure in their inquiry. His identity remains undisclosed.

At an evening press conference, when questioned about a potential terrorist connection, Harris did not dismiss it.

“I have never excluded any potential motive for this assault… every angle is being explored to ascertain the motive,” he stated.

This marked a subtle shift from earlier comments by Superintendent Liam Geraghty, who maintained an open stance in the investigation but was “convinced there is no terrorist connection.”

A woman in her 30s also endured serious injuries in the knife attack shortly after 1:30 p.m. The two other children, aged 5 and 6, suffered minor injuries, with the boy later discharged from the hospital.

Geraghty, in a press briefing, indicated that initial findings suggest a man attacked multiple individuals on Parnell Square East.

He believed it to be “an isolated event, unlinked to broader national or citywide issues, and the exact motives need to be determined.”

Geraghty corroborated earlier witness accounts of a knife being used in the assault, though he couldn’t provide further injury details. He also confirmed that witnesses immediately attempted to disarm the attacker.

Geraghty praised the public’s intervention: “Our understanding is that the public intervened very early on, and we commend those individuals for their bravery in such a traumatic and potentially perilous situation.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Dublin violence

What sparked the violent clashes in Dublin?

The violence erupted following a knife attack in central Dublin that critically injured a 5-year-old girl and led to the hospitalization of a woman and two other children. This incident incited around 100 people to take to the streets, some armed and with covered faces.

How did the police respond to the unrest in Dublin?

Over 400 officers, many in riot gear, were deployed to Dublin’s city center to control the unrest. The police, using shields, defended against physical attacks, while also dealing with flares and fireworks being launched at them. Several police vehicles and a tram were damaged, and a bus and car were set ablaze on O’Connell Bridge.

Were there any casualties or injuries during the Dublin clashes?

Details about casualties or injuries specifically caused by the clashes were not provided. However, the knife attack that precipitated the unrest resulted in serious injuries to a woman and three children, one of whom was critically wounded.

What was the official response to the violence in Dublin?

Ireland’s top police officer, Drew Harris, condemned the violence, attributing it to a radical hooligan group with far-right ideologies. Justice Minister Helen McEntee emphasized that such disruptive and violent behavior would not be tolerated, urging calm and caution against misinformation.

Is there any suspected motive or terrorist link to the knife attack in Dublin?

The motive for the knife attack is still under investigation, with no definitive conclusion reached. While earlier statements suggested no terrorist link, Police Commissioner Drew Harris did not rule out any motives, stating that all lines of inquiry were open.

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John O'Reilly November 24, 2023 - 1:10 am

wow, can’t beleive how bad things got in Dublin, this is just crazy.. stay safe everyone!

Kevin O'Sullivan November 24, 2023 - 4:02 am

Does anyone kno more about the guy they arrested? Seems like there’s more to this story.

Liam Murphy November 24, 2023 - 2:28 pm

Heard about the knife attack earlier, but didn’t expect it to turn into full-blown riots. What’s happening to our city?

Fiona Byrne November 24, 2023 - 6:08 pm

This is heartbreaking. those poor kids, hope the little girl recovers soon.

Maggie Smith November 24, 2023 - 8:42 pm

Police did what they could but why did it escalate this much? there’s gotta be a better way to handle things…


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