local woman is reported to have intervened to stop the assault on the young girl, which was circulated on social media over the last few days.
Louth Councillor Tomás Sharkey condemned the incident, saying: ‘The community in Blackrock worked hard with the support of Louth County Council to establish a great park with amenities for everybody.’ He added: ‘Unfortunately there has been serious anti social activity in recent times. Fireworks are being used constantly. Park users are being intimidated by teenagers and young adults. There is alcohol consumption.’
He said the teenage girl was assaulted ‘by at least three other teenage females. She was punched repeatedly to the head and kicked. She was pinned to a park bench with little chance of fleeing. Sickeningly, many teenage males and females stood by watching and recording on phones, but not trying to stop the assault.’
He paid tribute to the local woman who came on the scene and stopped the assault, and appealed to all parents to ‘take responsibility for where their teenage children are and what they do.’
Meanwhile, Cllr. Maria Doyle said she received several calls from concerned Rathmount residents about an increase in the ‘number of teens gathering in the park in the evenings and anti-social behaviour involving fireworks that has been happening as a result.’ She said she had written to Garda Superintendent Gerard Curley ‘to ask that there are sufficient Garda resources deployed in Blackrock to deal with these ongoing issues.’
A garda spokesman confirmed to the Argus: ‘Gardaí have received a formal complaint regarding an alleged assault which occurred in Blackrock, County Louth on Saturday 12th September 2020 at approximately 4.40pm. It is reported that a female youth received injuries when she was assaulted by a number of other youths.’
Cllr. Maria Doyle added: ‘I have seen some footage online of the incident that occurred at the weekend, and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed it to contact the Gardai. The park is a wonderful place which was created and nurtured by volunteers in the community. It should be a safe and welcoming place for everyone in Blackrock.
‘Residents of Rathmount should be able to live in peace and quiet and should be able to walk through and use the park without fear of injury or intimidation. I fear that is currently not the case, particularly in the evening. I hope the Gardai, with support from the community, will be able to stop this anti-social behaviour sooner rather than later.’