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Ireland on fire after riots break out in capital

On Thursday at 1:30 pm an adult woman and three children all suffered injuries after being stabbed outside of Primary school, Gaelscoil Cholaiste Mhuire on Parnell Square East in Dublin, Ireland. A little girl aged 5 is said to be in critical condition with a second girl aged 6 in hospital for less urgent care also injured boy aged, 5 is reported to have been discharged from the hospital on Friday. The woman, who is in her 30s is still in the hospital fighting for her life after using her body as a shield from the attacker.

The attacker, who is not being identified by authorities is said to be in his 50s and is rumoured to be a migrant who has lived in Dublin for the past few years.

While his identity is still unknown many Far-right groups have been on X instigating the attacker's racial background linking the incident to illegal immigration, raising tensions, and sparking the first few flames of the riots. The riots started on Thursday evening, following a short demonstration at the edge of the police cordon. The gathering which started with 100-200 participants grew to almost 500 with the mob said to have been hooded up wearing scarves to cover up their faces.

The Garda (Irish police force) were the first to be attacked. Bottles and missiles were thrown with one Gardai being seriously injured and plenty of others left hurt. A Garda car was also set alight and 11 were damaged. The mob did not stop there, targeting a tram, several buses, and random cars, all being set on fire by the groups. Shops On O’Connell Street were also looted including a Footlocker and Asics.

Irish Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said “This was a violent mob of thugs and criminals whose sole focus was to wreak havoc, and it is a very volatile situation.” She also addressed the attack on the Irish police saying “There were a huge number of gardai who were assaulted, who were spat at, who were the victims of vitriol and hate themselves."

MMA fighter Connor McGregor also shared his thoughts on the events posting on X "We are not losing any more of our woman and children to sick and twisted people who should not even be in Ireland in the first place. Call it what you want. We do not care. May God help us all. Ireland for victory."

Many believe this kind of potentially hateful discourse being shared openly causes a displacement of anger toward innocent migrants who have no links to the attack. Cork-based migrant and refugee centre Nasc shared in a statement: "The aggression spewed at ethnic minorities and migrants is deeply disturbing and dangerous – public reps and authorities need to ensure that this cycle is not perpetuated so that public safety can be prioritised and restored.”

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