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Wednesday 15 August 2018

GAA legend McEniff's daughters arrested after hotel knife chase

Two daughters of multimillionaire and GAA legend Brian McEniff were arrested when they tackled a "knife-wielding" customer at their Dublin hotel.

Deirdre and Tara McEniff were interviewed by gardai and released with a caution after the incident outside the Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra.

The sisters say they were just trying to protect their business, which had been hit by a mystery slasher in recent months.

"Since December we've had €6,000 worth of damage to curtains and upholstery caused by somebody with a knife," said Tara. "On Wednesday night we finished work at 6.30pm and went across the road for something to eat and a few drinks.

"My husband called shortly after nine and said there was a smell of gas in the hotel, so we went over to check it out.

"There was no gas problem but when I went to the toilet, Deirdre spotted a woman acting suspiciously outside. She saw the woman with a knife. She had her hands behind her back and seemed to be cutting a black and white sofa near the toilets.



Screaming

"Deirdre rushed over to speak to her. The woman threw the knife into a bag, screaming at Deirdre to get away from her. She seemed extremely paranoid and kept screaming.

"I phoned the gardai, but the woman ran out and we followed her. She continued screaming and roaring abuse but even though she had a knife we wanted to keep up with her until the gardai arrived.

"This was because of all the damage to our furniture in recent weeks. I'm not saying it was this lady, but we needed to keep hold of her. I was terrified she'd turn on us with the knife but kept thinking, she's not getting away with it."

A passerby saw the two women chasing an older lady and dialled 999.

"The gardai came and arrested us. We were taken to the station and questioned for over an hour. They were very reasonable. They told us 'girls you should not have done that' which I accept," she said.

"We explained about the sofas, they understood and we were released without charge".

csheehy@herald.ie

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