By Katy Thornton
“We are extremely heartbroken.”
Muslim Sisters of Eire – a volunteer organisation that provides a range of support services for homeless people, women and youths – have been forced to cancel their weekly soup run due to the knife attack in Parnell Square East and the subsequent riots that took place in Dublin city centre on Thursday.
Predominantly made up of Muslim Irish women, the charity normally operates a weekly soup run on O’Connell Street on Friday evenings for the homeless.
In a statement released on Friday afternoon, however, it announced that it was cancelling this week’s soup run due to safety concerns.
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Dublin charity cancel weekly soup run ‘in light of the stabbings and senseless riots’
The charity’s statement reads as such:
“We are extremely heartbroken and strongly condemn yesterday’s brutal knife attack on children and their creche worker. Our hearts go out to the families and communities affected.
“In light of the stabbings and senseless riots in town, our soup run has been cancelled for the safety of our service users and our team. We urge everyone to take extreme precaution when commuting. Stay safe.”
Many Dublin businesses closed temporarily as a result of the riots, with 147 Deli based on Parnell Street saying that its staff were “afraid to be on the street.”
Header images via Instagram / Muslim Sisters of Eire – This article originally appeared in Lovin Dublin
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