Arrest over knife attack on teenage son of Sinn Fein TD
Gardai investigating an incident in which the 18-year-old son of Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh was stabbed have arrested a male teenager.
Details of the arrest, which happened at Dublin’s Kilmainham garda station, have just emerged even though it happened late last week.
It is understood that the teenager was arrested after he went to the station by appointment and he was then questioned by gardai.
The juvenile was later released and a file is being prepared for the DPP. Sources say that gardai are confident of securing charges in the case.
The victim in the case, Fearghal O Snodaigh, is understood to have given gardai a statement about what happened on the night that he was attacked at his home in Bluebell. Fearghal suffered stab wounds to his upper arm and chest.
Sources say that he is now making a good recovery.
It is believed that a stand-off occurred in the property, which is the O Snodaigh family home, before the suspect brandished the blade.
It was feared that the weapon may have pierced the teenager’s heart - which prompted doctors to operate.
“This was done as a precaution, as the victim had lost a lot of blood and the blade came very close to his heart.
“He is extremely lucky to be alive,” according to a source.
It is believed that the stabbing happened because of a row over a FIFA computer game.
Mr O Snodaigh is Sinn Fein’s spokesman on Social Protection. He was first elected to the Dail in 2002.