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'There will be no backing down': UFC star Conor McGregor vows to change Ireland after stabbings by Algerian migrant suspect
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'There will be no backing down': UFC star Conor McGregor vows to change Ireland after stabbings by Algerian migrant suspect

Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor spoke out and called for change and greater safety in Ireland after a stabbing attack outside a school in Dublin, Ireland.

Three children and two adults were stabbed by an Algerian immigrant, with a 5-year-old girl and 30-year-old female in critical condition, according to the Counter Signal.

Police said the suspect was also injured and is a 50-year-old man who was labeled a "person of interest." The motive was not known.

The Irish took to the streets in protest, burning buses and cars. Protesters clashed with riot police, the Guardian reported, as demonstrators set off flares and fireworks.

The police response peaked at 400 officers with no serious injuries reported among the responding forces. A total of 34 people were arrested as a result, Reuters noted.

Fighter McGregor was quick to jump into the conversation about the incident, responding to a post on X from his coach John Kavanagh.

"So what should happen with this demented scumbag who attacked women and kids today?" the coach wrote. "Few years in jail at our expense to get out and repeat?? Needs to be deported immediately and never allowed back or just hang him, there's no 'fixing' him."

"Torture and death," McGregor simply replied.

The entrepreneur and brewer elaborated on his views in response to a video of an alleged journalist being questioned by a man on the street. The videographer appeared to accuse the would-be journalist of calling citizens far-right for objecting to mass immigration.

"Isn’t that something. The absolute picture of weak and feeble. The most divisive of all is the weak man," McGregor said of the man in the video. "One of the most horrific crimes this nation ever seen has occurred, we do not care anymore what you sad cases have got to say."

McGregor then promised change in the name of safety.

"In a war you are nothing. We are not backing down, we are only warming up. There will be no backing down until real change is implemented for the safety of our nation. We are not losing any more of our woman and children to sick and twisted people who should not even be in Ireland in the first place. Call it what you want. We do not care. May God help us all. Ireland for victory."

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar criticized the rioters in the aftermath, saying that citizens were most afraid of them.

"Ask everyone you know what they fear most on our streets. They're afraid of you, afraid of your violence and your hate and how you blame others for your problems," the leader said.

The prime minister also vowed to modernize laws against "hatred in general."

"We will pass new laws in the coming weeks to enable the Gardai [police] to make better use of the CCTV evidence they collected yesterday, and also we will modernize our laws against incitement to hatred and hatred in general," he claimed.

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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