A public meeting was held this week for concerned locals after a “savage” and utterly unprovoked” attack on a man in his 60s in Rathfarnham.

Last week we reported that Allie Long was walking his dogs after dinner on March 3 and was attacked at around 6.55pm on Marian Road by a group of ‘6-10 thugs’.

He was taken to hospital with severe facial injuries.

Local TD John Lahart organised the public meeting on Tuesday evening in Ballyroan Boys National School to “reassure local people regarding the random nature of this assault” and to “outline the Garda response to the incident.”

Garda Superintendent, Ian Lackey was also invited to the meeting.

John Lahart TD told Dublin Gazette he wanted to get the message across in the meeting that the attack was very random and that it does not usually happened in the area.

“It was a pretty savage, utterly unprovoked and pretty rare [attack] in that part of my constituency.

“This just never happens and is probably what has made local people most anxious, which prompted me to call the meeting and invite Superintendent Lackey to address them and reassure them of the randomness of it.

“There isn’t a pattern to this locally, it was quite random.”

Deputy Lahart said the incident has highlighted the lack of community Gardai in the Rathfarnham area.

“I’ve been looking for [more community gardai] continuously over the last year and a half, two years.

“We have an increase of community gardai to serve the Tallaght district, but Rathfarnham has fallen significantly so that needs to be addressed clearly,” said Deputy Lahart.