Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Dublin and Local TD, John Lahart has said the actions of those that carried out anti-Islamic vandalism in Tallaght do not represent the decent people in our community who are open minded and respectful.

Deputy Lahart made his comments following reports earlier this week that as any as 15 items of anti-Islamic graffiti were removed from Sean Walsh Memorial Park and a nearby bus stops in Tallaght.

The Dublin South West TD commented, “While it is no doubt a small minority that has engaged in such appalling vandalism, we must send a clear message that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in our area.

“Tallaght has become a much more diverse, multi-cultural and outward looking place, thanks in part to the sizable Muslim population who have come to make our area their home and integrated so well here.

“There is an onus on us all to assist new minorities of all faiths and none to integrate fully into our community.

“I am conscious too that this is not the first incident of this nature in recent weeks and I encourage anyone with information relating to the graffiti, to come forward to speak to Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station,” concluded Deputy Lahart.