Carrigaline stabbing update: Injured teenager released from hospital; youth remains in custody 

Carrigaline stabbing update: Injured teenager released from hospital; youth remains in custody 
Gardai at the scene of the stabbing incident at Waterpark Carrigaline Co Cork. Pic; Via Neil Prendeville Twitter/

LATEST: A youth arrested as part of the investigation into a violent assault in Carrigaline on Saturday night remains in custody in Cork. 

His period of detention was extended firstly by a Superintendent and was later further extended by a Chief Superintendent. 

A teenage boy sustained a number of stab wounds in the incident in the Waterpark estate and was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital. 

"The investigation is continuing with the interviews of the youth, statements are being taken from witnesses and CCTV is being gathered and viewed," Garda sources told The Echo

Investigating Gardai are appealing for any person who has any information concerning what occurred to contact them at Togher Garda Station  021- 4947120 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800666111 

Gardaí wish 'to build a full picture of what occurred up to, during and after this incident'.

The 17-year-old boy injured in the incident has been released from hospital.

EARLIER: The community of Carrigaline is “shocked, angry, and concerned” following an attack on a teenager in the town on Saturday night, with one local TD saying “we are very fortunate not to be dealing with the death of someone”.

Gardai are continuing their investigations into the assault which occurred at around 10.25pm on Saturday night in the Waterpark estate in the town.

During the assault, a teenage boy sustained a number of apparent stab wounds and was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.

The Waterpark area of Carrigaline where the stabbing incident occured on Saturday night.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
The Waterpark area of Carrigaline where the stabbing incident occured on Saturday night.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

There was a large group of teenagers present at the time of the assault, which was recorded on a mobile phone. The video, which has been widely shared online, shows repeated attempts to continue to assault the boy, even as he lay bleeding on the ground. 

He is described as being in a stable condition.

A male youth, also in his teens, was arrested as part of the investigation into the assault.

Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath, who lives near the area where the incident occurred, said the violent attack had raised alarm in the town.

“It was a horrific incident, we are very fortunate not to be dealing with the death of someone," he said. “People are shocked, angry and concerned as a result of what happened.” 

The location the stabbing occurred on Saturday night in Waterpark, Carrigaline. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
The location the stabbing occurred on Saturday night in Waterpark, Carrigaline. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Deputy McGrath acknowledged that a garda investigation into the incident is underway and said he believed that “it is vital in all cases of serious crime by anyone under 18 that the punishment matches the crime”.

“When something as serious as this happens, people want to see consequences,” he said.

The Fianna Fáil TD said the issue also highlighted the need for more garda resources.

“Cork has been poorly treated in relation to the allocation of gardaí nationally,” he said.

This issue was also highlighted by local Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus McGrath who said "we do need better resources."

He said however that gardaí had responded to the incident on Saturday night very quickly.

“Gardai were there within minutes and several vehicles responded and made an arrest quite quickly,” he said.

Cllr McGrath, who also lives in the area, said that the level of violence involved in the incident on Saturday was truly shocking.

“I can only describe it as depravity,” he said.

“Many of us are parents, and the thought of this happening is just unbearable,” he added.

The Carrigaline based councillor said he has also been in contact with gardaí since the incident, and that they are concerned about any retaliation.

“I would urge people not to take this into their own hands," he said. "There is a strong investigation. No resources are being spared.

“Retaliation is not appropriate.” 

This concern was echoed by Sinn Fein TD for the area Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire who said that now is a time for people to cooperate with the gardaí.

“Leave it to the gardaí,” he pleaded.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire also urged people not to share the footage being circulated on social media.

“I would ask people to think if this was someone belonging to them would they like the video shared,” he said.

The Cork South Central TD said he also believed that social media platforms should remove the video if it is shared in that space.

“This was an appalling attack, and people are shocked across Cork. I wish him a full and speedy recovery. It's extremely traumatic for the family.

“There is no place for that kind of behaviour in Carrigaline,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Ó Laoghaire said he feared that “people may attempt to use this [the incident] as a way to spark division” and he stressed he was against this.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any witnesses to the incident or with information to come forward.

Gardaí are also appealing for any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were travelling in the area at the time to make this footage available to gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on 021 4947120 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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