Saturday 3 December 2016

Gardai investigate attack on woman near busy DART station

Published 10/02/2016 | 18:41

Shankill DART station
Shankill DART station

Gardaí are investigating an attack on a woman near a busy DART station yesterday evening.

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The woman was followed as she walked on Quinns Road near the Shanganagh Grove junction in Shankill at approximately 8.30pm.

It is understood that she was grabbed and groped but managed to get away from her assailant.

A description of the man has been given to gardai but has not yet been released to the public.

Detectives have been making house to house enquiries on Quinns Road earlier today. 

The area where the incident occurred, close to Shankill DART station, has been the location of a number of alleged attempted attacks in recent weeks.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Cormac Devlin told independent.ie that a number of residents have been in contact with his office in connection to these alleged assaults.

"I have been contacted by a multiple of residents from the Shankill area about reports of a number of attempted sexual assaults in the environs of Shankill DART Station since Christmas," he said.

"The most recent of which was apparently last night. The reports are very worrying and there is widespread concern in the community."

Cllr Devlin said he had requested a meeting with the local Garda Superintendent "to relay my concerns and that of the community and to also request more Garda patrols in the area"

"I have also requested Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Irish Rail conduct an immediate review of the area to ensure all lighting is in good working order and where possible all bushes are cut back," he said.

An Irish Rail spokesperson told independent.ie that they have technicians working in that area at present clearing away debris and weakened trees as a result of the recent storms.

In light of the concerns raised, the spokesperson confirmed that Irish Rail "would take the opportunity to ensure that the station and any property in terms of approach to the station is clear and in fully operational order".

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