Statement on yesterdays events in Dublin City.
Statement on yesterday's events in Dublin City.
As an organisation, our thoughts are with the children, parents, teachers and the wider community affected by the horrific attack in Parnell Square yesterday. We pray that the children and women seriously injured make a full recovery. The perpetrator must, and we are sure will, face the full rigour of the law.
The scenes which followed yesterday evening in Dublin, with extreme violence, looting, property destruction, and intimidation of Emergency response staff, Gardaí and members of the public, are completely unacceptable and shocking. Those who carried out the riot are not ‘protesters’, but a violent mob incited by a fringe and dangerous far right and online media who feed and platform their hate. This is not the Ireland we love. This is not the Dublin we love.
The hate networks, both online and off, who feed this hatred must be disrupted by the authorities and those who incite hatred brought to account.
We give our unending solidarity with those affected by the attack yesterday, with the north inner city community, with migrant communities and with the emergency services who are all impacted by what was one of Dublin’s darkest days. We applaud the bravery of all who intervened in the attack yesterday – even in chaos, there are heroes who demonstrate the best of us.
Hate will not win, division will not win, and Ireland will never bow to the will of a toxic, anti-immigrant minority who care for no-one’s safety and offer nothing to the communities they purport to represent.
Contact: Fellipe Lopes, Communications Coordinator - email@example.com
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