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Sunday 22 October 2017

'I called them and said someone was going to get hurt' - Woman criticises gardai after young girl injured by fireworks

The horrific attack on the girl was captured on video
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A young professional has criticised the gardai for failing to act after a group of young boys threw fireworks at members of the public in Dublin city on Saturday.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Independent.ie that she was taking images for her data company when a group of young boys began to throw fireworks on Foley Street.

"They were throwing fireworks at anyone who went past. I rang Pearse Street garda station and told the gardai that somebody was going to get hurt if they weren't stopped.

"I told them I hoped that a garda could come down and stop them before someone was set on fire. The garda responded 'fingers crossed'."

The woman said that after she made the call to gardai, a young girl was set on fire after the group of boys threw a firework into her hood.

A video has emerged of the young woman running away and trying to get the firework out of her hood as it explodes inches from her head.

"I'm appalled that the gardai didn't step into help. Those boys were a danger to everyone near them and somebody could have been killed. I told them that this would happen but nobody came down to investigate it. I'm appalled."

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