Statement on reported attacks at Parnell Square

23 November 2023

Labour justice and education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has expressed his solidarity with all those impacted by the reported attack at Parnell Square today.

“This is a deeply traumatic and shocking incident. Our thoughts are with everyone caught up in this event and the school community that has been impacted.

“It appears that staff and school children have been affected and will potentially be profoundly traumatised by what has happened.

“We would appeal to anyone who has information to go to the Gardaí and assist with their investigations in any way that they can.

“I would appeal to the Department of Education and the HSE to ensure that appropriate trauma supports and other interventions are made immediately available to the school community.

“It is also important that politicians and members of the public do not engage in any speculation on what happened at this time, on social media or elsewhere.

“This is not something we ever expected to happen in Dublin city. It illustrates the incredibly important work that our teachers, SNAs and Gardaí routinely engage in.”

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