Vigil for female victim of assault on Saturday

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

A vigil is due to take place at the Ballyfermot Civic Centre on Saturday next at 11am, in support of a 17-year-old girl who was assaulted in the local area.

Alanna Quinn Idris suffered a ruptured eyeball, which she may not regain sight in, broken bones and broken teeth during the attack that occurred last Thursday. Organisers behind the vigil have stated that they want the gathering to send out a message that the people of Ballyfermot demand safer streets for their young people.

The attack, which took place near Ballyfermot Civic Centre at an estimated time of 9.30pm, was carried out by four men who were armed with a hurl, parts of an electric scooter and a knife. It is understood that Ms Quinn and her companion, who also sustained injuries, exchanged words with one of the men in question while on a bus journey to Ballyfermot.

Ballyfermot Civic Centre

She was reportedly the target of verbal abuse, which prompted her male friend to defend her. The other men arrived at the scene shortly after they had alighted from the bus, at which point the attack became physical.

Gardaí investigating the incident suspect that the group of men who attacked Ms Quinn had been harassing her over an extended period of time.

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