Dublin South West TD, Seán Crowe, has said that a Tesco van driver who suffered an unprovoked attack was lucky he didn’t lose an eye. The Sinn Féin TD called on any local resident who has any information surrounding this or any other incidents to come forward to An Garda Síochána.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

“I am conscious that this is very much a bad news story for Tallaght, but the barbaric attack on this Tesco delivery driver needs to be highlighted and condemned. The driver was lucky not to lose an eye following this unprovoked attack.

“The decision by Tesco to stop deliveries to local residents in the Killinardan area has come as a surprise to many residents. I am extremely disappointed that the store management did not contact local residents and public representatives who live and work in the Tallaght area before taking this unilateral action.

“The residents impacted by this decision deserve better as do the van drivers who have been attacked. Many elderly and locals that don’t have access to transport will be impacted negatively by this decision.

“In the past we have had a spate of attacks on fast food delivery drivers in different areas but additional Gardaí, combined with information on the culprits, has led to arrests and convictions, and ultimately a reduction in these attacks. Hopefully there will be a similar outcome in this case.

“A proven template does exist for tackling many of these incidents. Local residents working together with youth groups, the local authorities, public representatives, and the Garda authorities can reduce and resolve many of these incidents.”