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Sunday 21 September 2014

TD's son recovering as gardai hunt stab suspect

Alan O'Keeffe and Niall O'Connor

Published 29/04/2014 | 02:30

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Aengus and Fearghal O Snodaigh (inset). Tom Burke
Aengus and Fearghal O Snodaigh (inset). Tom Burke
Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh. Photo: Tom Burke

A TD's son who suffered stab wounds at home is "recovering well" in hospital as gardai continue their search for his assailant.

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Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh issued a statement thanking everyone who had sent his family messages of support after his son Fearghal was stabbed.

Fearghal (18) was injured in the family home in Bluebell, Dublin, after he became involved in a row with another male over a computer game they were playing.

Gardai have been unable to find the teenage suspect involved in the attack.

Mr O Snodaigh said: "I want to thank all those who have sent messages of support to me and my family since news of this incident broke."

He said: "Fearghal is recovering well in hospital and we look forward to having him home again soon."

Doctors had feared the knife had pierced Fearghal's heart. It was later discovered the blade had narrowly missed his heart.

Gardai have been seeking to question the youth who is the only suspect in the case. He is believed to have run from the house in a state of panic after the incident.

Fearghal suffered stab wounds to his chest and upper arm, but he was able to call for an ambulance on his phone.

The Dublin South Central TD had been socialising with his wife at the time of the attack and the couple were "devastated" to discover what had happened.

Wounds

Mr O Snodaigh maintained a bedside vigil in St James's Hospital where Fearghal underwent an operation for his wounds.

Detectives from Kilmainham garda station visited the hospital as part of their inquiries.

Gardai expect to be able to find the teenage suspect, who is a minor, but have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Several politicians have contacted the family to express their sympathy and concern.

Dublin South West TD Sean Crowe, a close friend of the family, said the incident was "every family's worst nightmare".

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Kilmainham garda station at 01 666 9700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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