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Angry Dubliners protest at garda station after sex attacks on women

Published 11/02/2016

Shankill DART station, where two of the attacks allegedly happened
Shankill DART station, where two of the attacks allegedly happened

Some 100 protesters besieged a Dublin garda station last night following a series of attacks on young women.

The protest came after it emerged that a teenage girl was attacked on Tuesday night in the Shankill area of south Dublin.

Police made another appeal this morning and said the incidents occurred during the hours of darkness from 4.30pm to 10pm.

Garda say a lone man approached a woman and an assault took place.

Since December there have been at least three reported attacks in the area.

The first attack was reported by the victim - a woman in her 40s who was targeted by an attacker close to a the Shankill DART train station on December 4.

On January 3 a young woman in her 20s wrote in a Facebook post that a man, aged in his 40s, attempted to drag her into a secluded wooded area nearby.

She managed to escape and reported the incident to gardai.

Around 100 people took part in the protest outside the garda station to air their frustration at the garda investigation.

At least 20 people occupied the reception area for 20 minutes.

The group rallied together following news of the latest attack, which occurred on Tuesday evening.

A young woman - believed to be a schoolgirl - was attacked close to the scene of the first attack.

The woman was followed as she walked on Quinn's Road near the Shanganagh Grove junction in Shankill at about 8.30pm.

It is understood that she was grabbed and groped but managed to get away from her assailant.

A description of the man has been given to gardai but has not yet been released to the public.

Detectives were making house-to-house enquiries on Quinn's Road yesterday afternoon.

Protesters described the attacks as "attempted rapes" and expressed their concern over the lack of security and safety in the area.

They also complained about the perceived lack of garda presence.

Local man Beppie O'Halloran (18) was one of those who protested and claimed he had witnessed a worrying attack on a young woman about two weeks ago.

"We [he and his friends] were running for the Dart and this man was standing beside this girl and he said something to her like 'look at the kids running' and then we saw him grab her and try to pull her into the woods," he told the Herald. "She got away and ran off."

A garda spokesman said that they were investigating reports of an assault yesterday evening at around 8.30pm on Quinn's Road, but they had no other reports of assault in the area.

Gardai also said a number of statements have been taken and numerous lines of enquiry are currently being conducted together with CCTV and House to house enquiries.

Jim Cusack, Herald

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