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Saturday 18 August 2018

Anger as Tramco opens day after girl (15) claims she was raped in toilets

PROBE: Heavy security at venue as boy (14) arrested at exams party is released by gardai

THIS is the nightclub toilet were a 15-year-old schoolgirl was allegedly raped at a Junior Cert disco.

A 14-year-old boy arrested and quizzed over the reported attack at Tramco in Rathmines was released late last night, pending a file being sent to the DPP.

The club reopened for business last night with a large security presence and it is understood that a number of additional doormen were drafted in to monitor the premises following the alleged incident.



Exams

The girl was allegedly raped in a cubicle in the male toilets of the nightclub shortly before 11pm on Thursday.

Her alleged attacker was caught by security staff and handed over to gardai. He was interviewed yesterday. There was no alcohol served at the club on the night, which was staged to mark the end of the Junior Cert exams.

Gardai maintained a heavy presence in the area last night and carried out a number of searches on young men who entered the club at approximately 10.15pm.

Gardai checked at least 20 of the men before leaving the premises. A garda van was also present in Rathmines village throughout the night.

The doormen also refused a number of young women from entering the club because they "looked too young" and their "IDs didn't look convincing", according to a source.

Young women expressed surprise that the club had reopened less than 24 hours after the incident took place. "I was shocked when I heard it had opened," said one young woman. "I got a text off my friends to say we are celebrating the end of our Leaving Cert, so we all came out to Tramco to celebrate."

Locals in the area expressed anger that the club had reopened last night.

Local man Shane Carey said the club should not have opened so soon after the alleged incident took place. "It was a Junior Cert party last night but from the looks of it a lot of the young girls seemed fairly drunk to me," he said.

The Herald understands that some teens were drinking alcohol in public areas in Rathmines, but no alcohol was served on the premises.

The 14-year-old boy in question was arrested at approximately 11.30pm on Thursday.

The 15-year-old girl was subsequently taken to the sexual assault treatment unit at the Rotunda Hospital.

Forensic experts carried out a technical examination of the scene yesterday morning, and the club reopened its doors at 9.30pm last night.



Complaints

Local Cllr Mary Freehill (Lab) said she was not surprised that the alleged incident happened. She said Dublin City Council denied the owners of the premises planning permission to promote the building as a nightclub.

However, the owners appealed the council's decision and recently received full licensing permission from the Dublin District Licensing office.

She said she has raised the issue at a number of local policing committee meetings due to complaints raised by locals.

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