In a tragic incident on November 24th, a knife attack outside Coláiste Mhuire on Parnell Square in Dublin left three children injured and sparked a series of events, including riots in the city center. The most severely injured victim, a 5-year-old girl, has recently faced a setback in her recovery, prompting a return to intensive care.
Initially, the young girl, along with two other children, was attacked, leading to serious injuries. In the aftermath, the community rallied around her, launching a GoFundMe page initially named ‘Róisín Fundraiser,’ which has now been renamed ‘Barróg do Chailín Beag’ (A Hug for a Little Girl). The fundraiser has surpassed €71,000, reflecting the widespread support for the little girl and her family.
The care worker, who was also stabbed during the incident, spent over a week in intensive care at Mater Hospital. Fortunately, she was discharged before Christmas, marking a positive development in her recovery.
The alleged assailant, Riad Bouchaker, a 50-year-old Algerian national, has been charged with multiple offenses, including three counts of attempted murder, causing serious harm to a care worker, assault of a man, assault causing harm to three children, and the possession and production of a 36cm kitchen knife. Bouchaker remains in custody and is set to stand trial before a judge and jury.
The incident not only left physical scars on the victims but also triggered a night of riots in the city center on November 23rd. The aftermath included acts of vandalism, car burnings, clashes with law enforcement, and looting of shops. In response to the unrest, increased police visibility in the city center was agreed upon, aiming to maintain a greater presence.
Among the heroes who emerged from the incident was Caio Benicio, a 43-year-old who aided the victims. His bravery garnered widespread praise, leading to a successful GoFundMe campaign urging people to “buy Caio a pint,” which raised €370,000. Benicio has since returned to his native Brazil.
Despite the setbacks, the community remains hopeful for the 5-year-old girl’s recovery, emphasizing the resilience needed during the healing process. The incident and its aftermath serve as a stark reminder of the collective strength required to overcome adversity and build a supportive community.