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Thursday 14 December 2017

Revealed: The Dublin suburban flat that was home to London Bridge terrorist

  • Locals shocked at terror links to their peaceful neighbourhood
  • Flat was home of Redouane when he married in Ireland in 2012
  • Further arrests in Ireland expected - say gardaí
Former home of London terrorist Rachid Redouane at 30 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Former home of London terrorist Rachid Redouane at 30 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines. Photo: Tony Gavin
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

London terror attacker Rachid Redouane lived in this red brick property in the quiet south-Dublin suburb of Rathmines before he participated in the atrocity that left seven people dead and 48 others injured.

Flat 1 in Number 30 Grosvenor Square was the home of Redouane when he married Charisse O'Leary on November 7, 2012.

The ordinary property looks out on the Kenilworth Bowling Club and the Stratford Lawn Tennis Club.

Tucked into the corner of the neat period red brick square, it is like many others in this leafy area of Dublin 6.

Former home of London terrorist Rachid Redouane at 30 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Former home of London terrorist Rachid Redouane at 30 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines. Photo: Tony Gavin

The oasis of calm in Rathmines is in stark contrast with the image of the man who teamed up with two other extremists to kill, maim and butcher scores of innocent people in Saturday night's spree.

As Redouane's links to the area became apparent, locals who saw the media crews gather at the railings of Number 30 yesterday were first curious and then shocked to find out why the end-of-terrace two-storey over basement was thrust from obscurity into the spotlight by the eight-minute actions of its former resident.

Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Rachid Redouane. Photo: Metropolitan Police /PA
Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Rachid Redouane. Photo: Metropolitan Police /PA

Since Redouane lived at the property it has changed hands and been redeveloped, and none of the current occupants or the owners has any connection to or knowledge of the man whose face appeared all over the world last weekend as that of an Isil killer.

Redouane's marriage certificate shows it was at this address in Grosvenor Square that he made his home with British citizen Ms O'Leary.

The marriage document shows that Redouane was born on July 31, 1986, the son of Kabboura Warsaq and Lahcen Redouane.

His occupation is listed as a pastry chef but it is not known if he worked in Dublin.

Resident Alex Harkness. Photo: Tony Gavin
Resident Alex Harkness. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ms O'Leary, who split with Redouane later and who publicly denounced the Manchester suicide bombing on Facebook, was born in July 1978.

The couple had one child together. Their marriage took place in the Registrar's Office at Sir Patrick Duns Hospital on Lower Grand Canal Street in Dublin 2, witnessed by Ms O'Leary's mother and an unknown man named Khalil Chadili.

Mohamed Aissani has lived in the area for 10 years and is now an Irish citizen.

He told the Irish Independent he did not recognise the picture of Rachid Redouane circulated worldwide as the probe into the London attack continues.

Resident Mohamed Aissani. Photo: Tony Gavin
Resident Mohamed Aissani. Photo: Tony Gavin

"If he was from the Algerian community I would know him because I am of Algerian myself. I know a few guys who are North African, but this guy in particular I believe he did not live here for long," he said.

Mr Aissani condemned the actions of Redouane and his accomplices Youssef Zaghba and Khuram Shazad Butt.

"I am a Muslim myself, and Islam is against this.

"These people do not represent Islam or their country," he said.

"This is against religion, this is a personal act, nothing to do with religion.

Marriage Record of Rachid Redouane and Charisse Anne O'Leary. Photo: Tony Gavin
Marriage Record of Rachid Redouane and Charisse Anne O'Leary. Photo: Tony Gavin

"Some people might think that because a terrorist act never happened here that Ireland might be a place where there are sleeping cells, which this guy sounds like he was from.

"But I don't think Ireland is a place with sleeping cells. This is my opinion, but I'm sure the authorities in this country know what they are doing.

"So far, because Ireland wasn't hit by terrorism, I think this shows the authorities are doing a good job to protect the people, both foreign and Irish, because terrorism doesn't care where you are from. Terrorism hits Muslims themselves," he added.

Mr Aissani said he also believes that most people in Ireland are educated enough to know acts of terror are carried out by people that do not reflect the vast majority of Muslims.

"Muslims have been living in Ireland for so many years, and love this country - I have lived in Ireland more than my own country," he said.

London born Alex Harkness (25), who now lives in the basement flat of the house, said it is a bit scary that someone who committed such murder could have lived at the property.

She said that it "wasn't too surprising in this day and age" as terror continues to spread across Europe.

"I wondered why there were all these cameras outside and I haven't really read the news this morning, so we figured out there must be something happening in this area," she told reporters from the granite steps of the property.

"On the inside the house has been all cleaned out since it was renovated, so you wouldn't know anything of its past.

"It's going to be a mental processing thing now that we know he lived here," she added.

Irish Independent

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