Young people of Dublin's north inner city asked for ideas on how to make area safer

By Alex Dunne

The young people of Dublin's north inner city are being urged to come forward with ideas on how to make the area safer.

The appeal, launched by the new North Inner-City Local Community Safety Partnership, came just hours before a frightening brawl in East Wall which saw two teenage boys rushed to hospital with stab wounds.

An online Youth Cafe discussion on improving safety in the community has been set up for Saturday, September 18.

The Partnership says they are aiming to "help improve safety, prevent crime and develop great open spaces and cleaner streets for everyone, young and old to enjoy".

The appeal was made hours before two teenage boys were stabbed during a group brawl in East Wall.

Gardai have launched an urgent witness appeal after the pair of 16-year-old boys both suffered serious stab wounds and were rushed from the scene of the brawl on Church Road to the Mater Hospital.

Thankfully, both of the boys' conditions are said not to be life threatening.

Local sources indicated that a group of 15 to 20 youths, mostly wearing masks, were seen fleeing the scene on bikes and heading up the Royal Canal after gardai were called just after 8:30pm.

Officers sealed off the scene last night after the area was cleared.

Gardai say no arrests have been made at this time, and they have pleaded with the public to come forward if they have any information or camera footage of the incident.

Partnership chairperson Cormac O'Donnchu said: "We’re actively looking for young people aged 16 to 25 to join with us in this project and exert influence on key decision makers in our city.

"We want to hear their ideas on what how we can work together to improve life on our streets and communities in the North Inner City.

"We would also like to have a young person join the Partnership and come to our meetings to act as a representative and advocate."

Free tickets for the event can be found at this link.

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