Gardai hunt pair who hacked off boy's fingers
INVESTIGATING gardai hope the victim of a savage machete attack may be able to help them identify his attackers.
The 16-year-old victim lost part of three fingers after he was slashed with what appeared to have been a machete.
He also sustained other severe injuries to his hand, arm and leg but was discharged from hospital yesterday.
He was attacked after he was chased by two men into a house in the Kilcronan Close area of Clondalkin in west Dublin on Friday night.
Last night gardai issued an appeal for help from anybody who witnessed the incident in the Kilcronan area or may have spotted two men acting suspiciously there on Friday night or Saturday morning.
They urged anyone with information to contact Clondalkin station on 01 6667600, or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.
The attackers were said to have been wearing hoodies.
Local Fianna Fail councillor Trevor Gilligan yesterday described the attack as barbaric and the worst he had encountered since becoming a public representative for the area 10 years ago.
He said the gardai needed to reassert control over com- munities where crime gangs felt they could rule the streets and act with impunity.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has met acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan to discuss a range of issues, including the shooting of six-year-old Sean Scully at Croftwood Gardens in Ballyfermot, Dublin, also on Friday night.
She appealed for anyone with information in relation to the crime to come forward.
"An Garda Siochana is determined to bring to justice those involved and I am sure, indeed I know that they have the full support of the full community in identifying the perpetrators," Mrs Fitzgerald said.
She told the Dail that garda strategy for tackling gun crime involved targeted and intelligence-based operations, often disrupting and preventing incidents before harm was caused, as well as detecting and prosecuting those invol- ved.
She said a robust garda response to violent crime had led to firearms offences decreasing last year by 7pc.
Mrs Fitzgerald said her department was carrying out a review of firearms legislation and promised broader consultations ahead of preparing any legislative changes arising out of the review.