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'We can't let fear stalk the streets': Community in shock after elderly woman stabbed

The woman, aged in her 70s, remains in a critical condition.

Updated at 7.30pm

01/01/2017 Ballyfermot stabbing. Pictured are Gard Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

NEIGHBOURS HAVE REACTED with shock after a woman in her 70s was stabbed on the doorstep of her home in Dublin this morning.

The woman was rushed to St James’s Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

The incident took place on Oranmore Road in Ballyfermot at 9.30am this morning.

BALLYFERMOT STABBING 758A7699 Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

No arrests have been made. Two men were reportedly involved in the incident.

A forensic examination of the scene was carried out earlier today.

Daithí Doolan, a local Sinn Féin councillor, described the area as a settled part of Ballyfermot with many older people living nearby, and said he was horrified by the incident.

“Neighbours are shocked to be greeting the New Year with another violent incident,” he told TheJournal.ie.

01/01/2017 Ballyfermot stabbing. Pictured are gard Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Doolan said that this kind of incident can deeply affect other people in the area – “fear debilitates communities”.

We can’t let fear stalk the streets. Take this as an opportunity to check in on your elderly neighbours.

“I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact gardaí, as anything they know could be the important link that gardaí need,” he added.

Independent councillor Vincent Jackson echoed the call for anyone with information to come forward,  calling the attack a “new low”.

Jackson added that CCTV has recently been installed in the area and became operational last month, and in conjunction with other systems he believes it is highly likely those responsible might have been seen leaving the area.

Investigating gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

Originally published 12.23pm

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