Gardai investigating assault on young Muslim woman in Dundrum

by Gary Ibbotson

Gardai say they are investigating an assault which occurred in Dundrum village on Sunday evening where two girls were attacked by a group of teenagers.

A video surfaced on Twitter early Tuesday morning showing an altercation between a group of young people on Dundrum Main Street outside a local newsagents.

The video, taken by one of the victims before being knocked to the ground, shows her shouting at the gang to leave her cousin alone as one girl is seen being physically assaulted. Both victims are audibly distressed as the video comes to an end.

It is understood eggs were thrown at the girls and one allegedly had her hijab forcibly removed during the attack.

In a statement, the Gardai say that they “are investigating an alleged minor assault of a female in her teens, which occurred on Sunday 18 August at approximately 15:30 on Main St, Dundrum. No arrests have been made and investigation is ongoing.”

The Gardai declined to say if they are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Local councillor and Cathaoirleach, Shay Brennan said such incidents have to be stamped out.

“I have seen the video of this shocking incident.

“The thought that two young girls can be attacked by a gang on Main Street Dundrum in broad daylight is horrendous,” he said.

“Such behaviour in our community is utterly intolerable and I would implore anyone with information on this contact the Gardai without delay.”

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaelteacht, Josepha Madigan, also took to Twitter to condemn the assault.

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