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Light festival dazzles Dublin as Ireland readies for 2015

Dubliners have been counting down to the New Year with a procession of light through the Irish capital.

Street performers have illuminated the streets of Dublin as the city heralds the start of a new year. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Children have also taken part in the light festival on New Year's Eve. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The colourful display journeys from St Stephens Green, through Temple Bar and towards Dublin Castle. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire


Appeal after six-year-old boy is shot in neck

Gardai investigating the shooting of a six-year-old boy in Dublin have appealed to whoever was involved in the incident to come forward.

Members of the Garda forensic team at the crime scene. Credit: PA

The child remains in a "stable condition" after he was shot in the neck at Croftwood Gardens in the Ballyfermot suburb of Dublin on Friday night.

Officers do not believe he was the intended target, with reports suggesting that the boy was wounded after men pushed open the front door of a house and shot into the hallway.

Forensic teams have been assessing the area, with officers also conducting house-to-house inquiries.

Six-year-old 'stable' after Dublin shooting

A six-year-old boy is in a stable condition in hospital after being shot in the neck, police said.

Read: Boy, 6, shot in the neck by gunman in Dublin

Reports suggest he was hit after men pushed open the door of a house in the Ballyfermot area of south Dublin. The boy's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The shooting occurred shortly after 10pm, a six-year-old boy received what is believed to be a gunshot wound to his neck. When gardai arrived on scene they administered first aid until the arrival of the ambulance.

The injured boy was taken to Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin. His condition is described as stable and non life-threatening

Neighbour: Shot child 'looked so small and scared'

The six-year-old boy who has been shot in the neck in Dublin was understood to have been stood in the hallway of a house when two men approached the front door, according to the Irish Independent newspaper.

The men are said to have knocked before firing into the hallway and the boy was reported to have been hit in the neck, either directly or by a ricochet.

More: Boy, 6, shot in neck by gunman in Dublin

A local woman told the newspaper:

I heard a bang, I thought someone had smashed my window.

I came out and everyone was screaming. I stared throwing towels out to people who were helping him to stop the bleeding.

I couldn't look, it was horrible. He looked so small and scared. His glasses were up at his forehead.

Boy, 6, shot in neck by gunman in Dublin

A six-year-old boy is in a serious condition in hospital in Dublin after being shot in the neck by gunman at a house in the Ballyfermot area of the city, the Irish Independent reported.

A nine-year-old boy has been shot in the neck in the Ballyfermot area of Dublin. Credit: PA

The shooting happened at around 10:15pm, the paper reported.

Emergency services who responded to the incident found the child “conscious and breathing” in the hallway of a house, according to a source cited in the report.

The child was taken to Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin, where he is in a serious but stable condition.


Man killed 'after argument over chess game'

A man was knifed to death in a frenzied attack over a late night chess game, detectives believe.

Irish police were called to the scene of the bloody killing in a suburb of north Dublin at around 1:50am.

A man was knifed to death in a frenzied attack over a late night chess game, detectives believe. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA

A 39-year-old researcher, who owned the house at Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock, was found with multiple stab injuries inside.

They believe a violent row erupted over a chess move and spiralled out of control.

Another man - aged 34 years and understood to be from Palermo in Italy - was arrested at the scene.

Dublin Roma family await decision on blonde girl

A Roma family in Ireland who had a blonde, blue-eyed girl removed from them over concerns she was not theirs expects to hear later if she will be returned.

The seven-year-old was put into care on Monday when a member of the public reported the youngster was living with the family in a house in a south Dublin suburb.

No arrests have been made and family members are not facing an allegation of abduction.

It is understood gardai sought to have DNA tests carried out on the child to confirm she was the daughter of a Roma couple.

Rights group: Stop reproducing 'prejudices' on Roma

A Roma rights organisation has urged the media to use restraint in the way it reports on children being removed from Roma families.

A spokesperson for the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), a Budapest-based organisation working to combat anti-Romani racism, told ITV News:

The mainstream media are constantly reproducing centuries-old prejudices about Roma people. When it comes to reporting the problems Roma communities across Europe face, such as being forcibly evicted from their homes, the stories rarely make it to the front page.

– Spokesperson, European Roma Rights Centre

"The ERRC is aware of at least one report from Serbia where skinheads tried to take away a two-year old boy from his parents because he was "not as dark as his parents". Irresponsible reporting could have severe, negative consequences for Roma families across Europe, " the ERCC spokesperson said.

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