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Gardai on high alert after bid to abduct teenager

Gardai in west Dublin are investigating an alleged child abduction by a woman near Liffey Valley.

The incident unfolded on Wednesday when the 14-year-old boy was approached by a woman on the footbridge of the N4, shortly before 4.45pm.

There was a brief conversation and the woman reportedly attempted to drag the boy away.


A passer-by arrived at the scene and the woman fled in what is described as a small car.

It has emerged that the woman had first asked the boy where she could get a bus and he pointed to the main road.

She then asked him could he help her to that location as she had a sore leg.

The young teenager, who has an address at Celbridge, Co Kildare, informed the woman that he could not help as he would miss his own bus home. She then pushed him against railings and threatened him before attempting to drag him away.

At this stage, a passer-by arrived and the woman fled the scene.

The boy observed the woman getting into a passenger seat of a small car but gardai have not been given a description of this vehicle.

The boy's mother later reported the incident to gardai and officers from Ronanstown Garda Station are investigating. No arrests have been made so far.

The boy, who attends a school in the locality, and was on his way home is said to be shaken by his ordeal.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Daithi de Roiste told the Herald that he was extremely concerned about the alleged abduction.


"This halted abduction is a matter of great concern to every single family living in west Dublin. Pure blind luck has ensured the safe return of this young boy to his loved ones," he said.

"The consequences of such an abduction, had it been successful, do not bare thinking about. Liffey Valley is one of the busiest shopping centres in the country. I would like to urge extreme caution and vigilance to every parent and their children as we approach the manic Christmas shopping period."

"I would like to call on the Minister for Justice and Local TD for the area to ensure that busy shopping centres such as Liffey Valley are adequately staffed with gardai - both highly visible and undercover," Cllr De Roiste added.

According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, there was a 106pc increase in the number of abductions of children under the age of 16 in the past year.