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Separate attacks Dublin mum speaks of 'shock' after teen daughter attacked twice in St Stephen’s Green

Two separate groups attacked the 15-year-old girl in the space of minutes in the public park in broad daylight on Saturday

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St Stephen’s Green. Stock photo

St Stephen’s Green. Stock photo

St Stephen’s Green. Stock photo

A Dublin mum has spoken of her “shock” after her teenage daughter was attacked twice in St Stephen’s Green last weekend.

Two separate groups attacked the 15-year-old girl in the space of minutes in the public park in broad daylight on Saturday.

Speaking to Joe Duffy on Liveline, the concerned mum said: “They kicked her, pulled her hair, kicked her in the face and body.

“She has bruises on her legs, stomach, arms, knees, hands, her face is all bruised and she’s just gone back to school. Imagine her first day back.

“She went to school and we had to tell the principal what happened. I think she’s getting sympathy from the other students.”

She explained that the groups of attackers knew each other and prearranged the ambush.

“The second group was called by the first group. They knew each other, they called each other to join in.

“All her friends were in shock when it happened, she was with three other girls, they were paralysed, they didn’t know what to do.

“In my head, there were adults watching this, why wouldn’t they call the police?”

The mum told of the “nightmare” she and her daughter have been living since the incident, and said that gardaí are looking into the case.

“I was in shock when it happened, I think it’s a nightmare, that I'm just having a bad dream that this happened to my daughter.

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“She's scared, she doesn’t know why it happened and why would someone do that.”

“[The gardaí] said they’d look on CCTV and see if they can see anything but probably not much can be done.

“My daughter is very scared and she doesn’t want to get involved in case the girls come after her again. It’s really scary, there’s no punishment for these girls, she’s afraid she’ll be called a snitch if she tells.

“We’ve told her to scream for help if it happens again or go into a shop or find someone around.”

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