Taoiseach pays tribute to Dublin mum Lisa Thompson killed in 'horrific and barbaric' murder
Taoiseach Micheal Martin has paid tribute to Lisa Thompson who was found dead in her home in Ballymun on Tuesday.
Speaking today at a media briefing he extended his deepest sympathies to the family of the former youth worker.
The Taoiseach labelled the murder as “horrific and barbaric.”
Mr Martin assured the public that there is no tolerance for such horrific crimes saying: "There's been very significant new measures brought in in terms of sentencing, in terms of powers to the gardai and also in respect of the gardai being in the position to bring many people to justice.”
The mother of two was discovered by gardai yesterday at home in Sandyhill Gardens with twelve serious stab wounds.
Gardai investigating the incident have said they are keeping an open mind with regards to who attacked her and their motive.
Meanwhile, neighbours were in shock that such a horrific crime would be committed not only in their area, but to such a normal, well-loved mother.
One pal told how Lisa used to be a Youth worker in the Ballymun Youth Resource centre in the area — known as the RECO.
“I got to know her in the RECO a few years back. She was great with all the kids,” one heartbroken friend told this paper at the scene.
“She loved her kids and loved her life. She was just a genuine, really nice girl. I can’t understand it at all. She wasn’t out on the streets or anything like that.”
The friend told how the news of Lisa’s death came as a huge shock.
“I spoke to her on Facebook. It’s a huge shock. I came out and someone said a girl called Lisa has been badly hurt. The minute I heard a tall girl I thought Lisa Thompson. I couldn’t believe it.
“She loved her kids. Loved life. I think she was a stay at home Mammy. I’m really in total shock. My jaw nearly hit the ground when I heard it.”
Gardai have appealed to any person with information on Lisa’s movements from Saturday 7th May 2022 up to yesterday Tuesday 10th May 2022 to contact them.
Superintendent Darren McCarthy from Ballymun Garda Station said: "I am also appealing for any person with any video footage from the Sandyhill area of Ballymun, and the surrounding roads of Marewood Crescent, Balbutcher Lane for that period between Saturday 7th May 2002 to Tuesday 10th May 2022 at 3.30pm, to contact investigating Gardaí at Ballymun Garda Station at 01 6664400, the Garda Confidential Line phone number 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station."
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