Gardai in Swords are investigating after two men approached a group of four children and tried to lure them into a car on Tuesday.
The men, described as white and Irish, pulled up in a small silver hatchback close to the playground in Applewood at around 11.30am.
A source told Dublin Gazette: “They asked the children where their dad was and then said, ‘Get in the car and we’ll find your dad’.”
Cllr Joe Newman has urged parents to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their kids over the school holidays.
He said: “With technology now we can get word out faster so we should use that to safeguard our children.”
Gardai confirmed they were investigating the incident.
A garda spokesperson told Dublin Gazette: “Gardai in Swords received a report in relation to an alleged suspicious approach in Applewood on Tuesday, July 17. Investigations are ongoing.”
One local woman said: “These men were watching children as they were coming and going to the shops. Be on the lookout and please report to gardai. Shocking carry-on. Please keep your kids safe.”
Cllr Newman (Ind) said he was dismayed to learn of the sinister incident and hoped it was a one-off.
He added: “Sadly, it is important in this day and age that parents know where their kids are at all times and that they keep an eye on them.
“People need to be very alert and on their guard, and to report any unusual activity – no matter how insignificant it might seem. We can’t be too careful where the safety of children is concerned.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Gardai at 01 666 4700, or to call the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.