Calls for tougher knife laws after tragic stabbing of teen in Dundrum

by Gary Ibbotson

Tributes have poured in for Azzam Raguragui, the teenager who was tragically killed last Friday night in Finsbury Park, Dundrum.

The Garda Siochana say they are following a “definite line of inquiry” in the investigation.

One teenager has been voluntarily aiding the Garda inquiry though no arrests have yet been made.

Among the tributes paid to Raguragui was from former UFC fighter and local electoral candidate in Tallaght South, Paddy Holohan.

“What a terrible and tragic situation for any community,” says Holohan.

“Azzam and his brother Moad spent a short time training at my club, SBG Dublin 24 and were both very respectful and quiet lads. We have a mosque on the same street as our gym and the past few years I have admired the closeness of the Muslim community and at a time like this it’s special to see a community come together like they have.

“We could learn a thing of two for our own communities,” he says.

Councillors and politicians in the Dundrum area have also paid tribute to Azzam and expressed their concern at the violent nature of the killing.

“I want to once again express my condolences to the family and friends of Azzam,” says Fianna Fail councillor for Dundrum, Shay Brennan.

“As the initial shock of this tragic event passes, residents are starting to question how could this have happened and what is being done to prevent a similar tragedy in our community in the future.

“Nobody wants to see another young life taken like this.

“My heart goes out to the Raguragui family on their loss. It’s a difficult situation in terms of the impact this has had on the family but also on the community,” says councillor Sorcha Nic Cormaic.

“I was absolutely shocked and appalled at the violent death of Azzam Raguragui in Churchtown last Friday,” says councillor Daniel Dunne.

“Like many other locals, my thoughts are with Azzam’s family and friends.”

Independent councillor Seamas O’Neill says that anti-social behaviour in the park has risen over the past nine months and he even requested extra garda patrols.

“I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Azzam and request that anybody who has any information to contact the Gardai at Dundrum,” he adds.

In addition to the tributes to Raguragui, calls have been made to clamp down on knife crime in the area with Nic Cormaic saying, “in order for people to feel safe I believe a much stronger line needs to be taken with people (including teenagers) who are caught possessing knives”.

“We all need to be vigilant and show not just zero tolerance, but our revulsion at knife crime by cooperating fully with the gardai,” says Green Party TD Catherine Martin.

Holohan says that he would like to see mandatory sentencing for anybody caught with knives.

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