Councillor says Limerick migrant families in fear of sending children to school

Cllr Abul Kalam Azad Talukder, Fianna Fáil. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

THE Cathaoirleach of the Metropolitan District of Limerick says that parents in Limerick’s migrant community are afraid to send their children to school today after the racially-motivated violent scenes displayed on the streets of Dublin last night (Thursday).

Cllr Azad Talukder told the Limerick Post that he has been “getting phone calls all night and this morning. The immigrant community here is shocked.”

“People are afraid to send their children to school. I have been saying they must carry on with life. We cannot let this small minority of people stop us from living normally”.

Cllr Talukdar, a Bangladeshi native who first came to Limerick 24 years ago, roundly condemned the stab attack on school children and their carer yesterday afternoon on Parnell Square in Dublin.

“I strongly condemn what this man did and I want to see him brought to justice. He is a criminal,” the Metropolitan Cathaoirleach said.

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Cllr Talukder said that he does not “believe what happened last night is the true face of Ireland”.

“Ireland is a country with a great reputation for being peaceful. What these criminals who were on the streets in Dublin last night did is to damage the reputation of this country”.