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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Teenager (17) stabbed to death in Dublin

Attack took place at approximately 3pm on Thursday afternoon

The crime scene in Tallaght. Inset Reece Cullen
The crime scene in Tallaght. Inset Reece Cullen
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Thursday 05 January 2017. Photo: Douglas O'Connor. Scene of stabbing, Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown.
Thursday 05 January 2017. Photo: Douglas O'Connor. Scene of stabbing, Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown.
Thursday 05 January 2017. Photo: Douglas O'Connor. Scene of stabbing, Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown.
Thursday 05 January 2017. Photo: Douglas O'Connor. Scene of stabbing, Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown.
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan
The scene in Jobstown
The scene in Jobstown

Cathal McMahon, Luke Byrne and Allison Bray

A teenager has died after he was stabbed in a house Tallaght in Dublin.

The attack happened at approximately 3pm in a house at Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown.

The victim, a 17-year-old boy named locally as Reece Cullen, was moved to Tallaght hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Dublin Fire Brigade were first on the scene and alerted gardai.

Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

Friends of the victim said he was "a quiet, unassuming young lad" who was putting his life together.

He had recently been enrolled in a Youthreach programme, the organisation which gives early school leavers the second chance of an education.

"I don't know what to say, it's heartbreaking.

Reece Cullen
Reece Cullen
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

"He was just a quiet young guy. He's been through some difficult stuff. It hasn't been easy for  him.

"But, he was getting it together and he had been enrolled with Youthreach," one friend said.

Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght this evening... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

"He was into the normal kind of things young lads are into around here.

"He liked the motorbikes, scramblers and that kind of thing," he added.

Locals have expressed their shock after learning about the incident.

"I was in work and I came home at around 3.30pm and saw the blue blights flashing outside.

"You get the odd few messers here but I knew straight away that this was more serious.

"Sometimes the fire brigade would be down in the estate, but this time there were guards, everything," she said.

The woman, who didn't want to be named, said she has lived in the estate for the last three years, but here partner is from the area.

"It usually feels quite safe, I haven't heard of anything like this,"she said.

Another local expressed sympathy for the family of the boy.

"I didn't know him myself, but can you imagine how that family feels?" he said

Local South Dublin County Councillor Charlie O’Connor said the community is outraged following the fatal stabbing.

“It’s a terrible shocking thing. At 3:30 in the afternoon?” he said.

“People are saying ‘what’s going on?,” he told Independent.ie.

Mr O’Connor, whose home in Springfield is located near Kilclare Crescent where the stabbing occurred, said he was shocked himself when he was driving by and saw gardai in the area.

He said he has no idea what sparked the stabbing but people in the area “will be speculating and wondering what happened,” he said.

“It’s horrendous,” he said.

“The initial reaction in the community is one of great shock.”

Fianna Fáil TD in Dublin South West and Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart has described this afternoon’s fatal stabbing of a teenager as both distressing and shocking for our whole community.

Deputy Lahart said, “While the exact circumstances of this afternoon’s incident are unclear, this is a deeply frightening incident to have occurred for all in the locality, in particular the parents of young teenagers.

“Irrespective of any details, a young boy has very tragically lost his life and a family has been left shattered.

“I urge anyone who has information, or who may have seen anything suspicious, to alert the Gardaí as soon as possible.”

SDCC Cllr Dermot Richardson lives less than five minutes away from were the incident took place.

He said: “The residents have been living here for a long time, it’s a very settled area, and people are shocked. A young man has lost his life today, there’s a sense of shock across the whole community. A senseless act has happened.”

“It’s just across from the local swimming pool. The Sinn Féin councillors are going around the area talking to residents and making sure they’re ok, I don’t know anything about the circumstances.”

A garda spokesman said: "The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination. The Garda Technical Bureau is scheduled to attend the scene later.

"No arrests have been made at this time, investigations are ongoing.

"Gardai wish to appeal to witnesses who may have been in the Kilclare area this afternoon between 2.45p.m and 3.30p.m. to contact them at Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station."

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