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Community in shock at knife killing of Tallaght teen as family left 'shattered'

The scene in Kilclare Crescent this evening
The scene in Kilclare Crescent this evening

A teenager has died after he was stabbed in a house in Tallaght.

The attack happened at approximately 3pm in a house at Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown.

The victim, a 17-year-old male, was moved to Tallaght Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Dublin Fire Brigade were first on the scene and alerted gardai.

No arrests have been made so far in the ongoing garda investigation.

Local South Dublin County Councillor Charlie O'Connor said the community is outraged following the fatal stabbing.

"It's a terrible, shocking thing. At 3:30 in the afternoon?" he said.

"People are saying 'what's going on?'," he added.

Mr O'Connor, whose home in Springfield is located near Kilclare Crescent where the stabbing occurred, said he was shocked himself when he was driving by and saw gardai in the area.

He said he has no idea what sparked the stabbing but people in the area "will be speculating and wondering what happened".

"It's horrendous," he said.

"The initial reaction in the community is one of great shock."

Fianna Fáil TD in Dublin South West and Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart, has described the fatal stabbing as both distressing and shocking for the whole community.

Deputy Lahart said: "While the exact circumstances of this afternoon's incident are unclear, this is a deeply frightening incident to have occurred for all in the locality, in particular the parents of young teenagers.

"Irrespective of any details, a young boy has very tragically lost his life and a family has been left shattered.

"I urge anyone who has information, or who may have seen anything suspicious, to alert the gardai as soon as possible."

The scene of the killing is currently preserved for a technical examination.

Gardai wish to appeal to witnesses who may have been in the Kilclare area this afternoon between 2.45pm and 3.30pm to contact them at Tallaght garda station on 01 666 6000, the garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.