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Shocking assault Alanna (17) 'knows who attackers are', says mum amid fears teen will lose sight

Alanna Quinn Idris (17) and her friend were set upon outside the Civic Centre on the Ballyfermot Road in Dublin last Thursday night

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Alanna Quinn Idris (17) suffered horrific facial injuries in the attack on the Ballyfermot Road in Dublin.

Alanna Quinn Idris (17) suffered horrific facial injuries in the attack on the Ballyfermot Road in Dublin.

Alanna Quinn Idris (17) suffered horrific facial injuries in the attack on the Ballyfermot Road in Dublin.

A teenage girl who could lose the sight in one of her eyes after a vicious assault knows who some of her attackers are, according to her mother.

Alanna Quinn Idris (17) and her friend were set upon outside the Civic Centre on the Ballyfermot Road in Dublin at roughly 9.30pm, last Thursday night, December 30.

She suffered horrific facial injuries including broken bones in her cheek and eye socket, and broken teeth, but the worst injury was to her right eye which was ruptured in the attack.

Her male friend suffered stab wounds as he tried to fend off the aggressors and help her.

After surgery Alanna was told there was just a 10pc chance she would see with her right eye again, but now there are fears her eye could have become infected.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Alanna’s mother Jamie Quinn said her daughter was trying to be as strong as she could in hospital, and is coming to terms with the possibility of losing the use of one of her eyes.

“But it now looks like the eye is infected, and she managed to get a peek at it when the doctors removed the dressing, and she didn’t take it well. She’s quite low. She slept all day and she hasn’t answered the phone or texts,” said Jamie.

“She hasn’t eaten in days either, just a bit of soup.”

Ms Quinn said that Alanna has been tormented in recent years by a group of young males who hang around the area.

“She comes across as strong because she stands up for herself, but she’s actually quite soft. But she has been tormented by these guys.

“She won’t use the word bullying because she doesn’t want to be seen as being a victim of bullying,” Ms Quinn explained. “It’s more that she’s tormented by name-calling and having things thrown at her. She’s been put in a headlock and dragged to the ground as well.”

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Alanna Quinn Idris (17) who was attacked outside the Civic Centre on the Ballyfermot Road

Alanna Quinn Idris (17) who was attacked outside the Civic Centre on the Ballyfermot Road

Alanna Quinn Idris (17) who was attacked outside the Civic Centre on the Ballyfermot Road

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Initial reports are that Alanna had been on a bus with her friend on the way back from Liffey Valley and was teased by someone on the journey.

They got off the bus in Ballyfermot and the person who was engaging with her did too, and then a group of males arrived and attacked her and her friend using a hurley, a saddle post from an electric scooter, and a knife. Her friend was injured defending her, and a passer-by also helped.

“She saw two of her attackers and knows who they are. She’s had a quick interview with the gardaí but wasn’t long over surgery, so they will talk to her again when the time is right,” said Alanna’s mother.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for Alanna and her friend’s recovery. It can be accessed at https://gofund.me/7b3ef302.

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Jamie Quinn at her home in Ballyfermot following the attack on her daughter Alanna. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Jamie Quinn at her home in Ballyfermot following the attack on her daughter Alanna. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Jamie Quinn at her home in Ballyfermot following the attack on her daughter Alanna. Photo: Steve Humphreys

In a message on the page, Alanna wrote: “I just want to start this post off by saying thank you so so much to everyone who’s sent me a message over the past few days. I’ve been absolutely showered with love and support by so many kind hearts.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for every single one of you.

“I’m not the best at writing things but I just want to say that throughout this whole experience I’ve tried my best to maintain a positive attitude.

Today was admittedly harder. I’ve finally accepted that there is an over 90pc chance that I won’t be able to see out of my right eye again,” she added.

Gardaí have not yet arrested anyone in relation to the attack. It is understood that CCTV from Ballyfermot and the bus network, as well as phone traffic, will provide crucial evidence in the investigation. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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