Belfast Telegraph

Man (22) stabbed to death in Varadkar's Dublin constituency

Victim: Noel Whelan
Victim: Noel Whelan

By Ian Begley

Neighbours have spoken of their horror after a 22-year-old man was fatally stabbed in the Taoiseach's constituency of West Dublin.

Noel Whelan was found with knife wounds at his house at Castlecuragh Heath in Mulhuddart shortly after 6pm on Saturday.

Emergency workers battled to save him at the scene but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A neighbour said she heard someone from the house shout "stop, stop" while the incident was taking place.

It is believed Mr Whelan was assaulted and then stabbed repeatedly.

A short time later a man aged in his 40s, who knew Mr Whelan, presented himself to a Garda station. He was arrested and was last night being held by the Garda at Finglas under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

The incident is believed not to be linked to any ongoing feuds in the Mulhuddart/Blanchardstown area.

Garda officers continued to make door-to-door enquiries yesterday afternoon and kept the house sealed off.

A substantial amount of blood could be seen on the floor and walls of the hallway as forensic detectives assessed the scene.

It's understood that Mr Whelan, commonly known as 'Noelie' and who was originally from Coolock, had only lived in the house for about a year.

One neighbour said he was a "proper gent" and very popular.

"I didn't know him that well, but he was always very nice to me whenever I passed him by. I often saw him drive up the road... he seemed like a real character.

"I'm just so shocked by what happened and can't get my head around it.

"I feel so sorry for his family, especially his mum who is spending Mother's Day grieving for her son."

Neighbours also called for a greater Garda presence in the area.

"We're constantly being burdened with criminal activity here," said one resident.

"Drug deals, fights and burglaries take place in Mulhuddart very regularly, but gardai are doing very little about it.

"Many of us have CCTV cameras outside our homes for our own protection... I'm constantly being woken up by blaring music from parties that go on through the night. I only hope that this incident will make gardai aware of what's really happening around here."

Attempts were made to contact Mr Varadkar last night, but he had not replied at the time of going to press.

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