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Man arrested and released over alleged sexual assault was out on bail

An 18-year-old girl said she was sexually assaulted at a site near Pigeon House Road in the Ringsend.

A MAN WHO was arrested after a teenage girl reported that she was sexually assaulted and held captive in Dublin over the weekend is out on bail.

An 18-year-old girl – believed to be a Spanish student - said she was sexually assaulted a number of times at a site near Pigeon House Road in the Ringsend area of Dublin on Saturday and Sunday.

Gardaí investigating the alleged incident arrested a 24-year-old man and questioned him at Irishtown Garda Station.

The man was later released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Sources have said that the man arrested in connection with the alleged attacks was already out on bail. It is understood he is facing a charge in relation to another incident.

Commenting yesterday, local Sinn Féin councillor Chris Andrews said he had asked gardaí at Irishtown to increase their visibility and presence in the area.

“I have asked that the local gardaí in Irishtown make it a regular area for them to visit and increase visibility,” he said.

He said that people needed to be reassured of their safety in the area.

“The area is quite secluded. It’s a great spot for young and old. It’s a great amenity and it’s a great spot to enjoy the good weather, but it’s quite a secluded spot,” he said.

It’s important that people are alert to the dangers but I wouldn’t want to cause alarm.

Gardaí say the investigation is ongoing.

With reporting from Rónán Duffy

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