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Teen stabbed in Dublin park attack

A teenager is recovering after he was stabbed in a Dublin park in broad daylight.

The 17-year-old was knifed in the back in Fairview Park at around 5.30pm on Tuesday. He was taken to Mater Hospital for treatment but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Local councillor Aodhan O Riordain accused the Government of losing the fight against gun and knife crime. He said the knife attack happened less than a month after a man was shot in the head outside a Fairview pub.

"It is clear that the Government has failed absolutely to tackle the gun and knife culture that has exploded in Dublin on their watch," Mr O Riordan said.

"Young people now bereft of direction or empowerment are seeking that empowerment from knives and guns.

"The Government reaction is to cut diversion programmes, to cut youth employment programmes, to cut community employment programmes, to cut schemes in schools that work to help children and young adults to seek the right road and to make the right choices."

Gardai at Clontarf are investigating the stabbing and have appealed for information.

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