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Robert Mielnik pictured with a block of wood and a steel bar which were thrown at his Clondalkin home

Robert Mielnik pictured with a block of wood and a steel bar which were thrown at his Clondalkin home

Robert Mielnik pictured with a block of wood and a steel bar which were thrown at his Clondalkin home

A Polish family living in Clondalkin has told how daily racist attacks on their home have now ceased since they went public in the Herald about their living hell

Robert Mielnik (inset) and his partner have been living in Melrose Park, Bawnogue, since 2008. On some nights they had to sleep in one room because their young children were in fear.

Groups of roving youths have thrown stones, eggs, sticks and bottles at the house, and that windows have been broken around five times.

Robert's car has also been attacked and his family suffered verbal abuse and threats on the street. But local gardai in Clondalkin are now carrying out daily patrols in Melrose and Robert says they now feel secure at last.

"The gardai have called to my house and they have given me a number to ring if the gangs come pack. They say they want to make quick arrests," he told the Herald.

"The sergeant and the community garda has visited me, and now my partner feels safe again," he added.

"I have always said that the people of Clondalkin are good people, but the trouble was caused by a few young people who made our life hell. Now I don't see the groups of teenagers hanging around," he explained.

"My children are still scared when there is a knock at the door, but maybe that will be OK in time," he said.

Robert has a meeting with South Dublin County Council today after management there contacted him when they learned of his concerns.

"I think talking openly about my case in the paper has helped. I am much happier," he said.

"We have got a lot of calls of support since the story appeared yesterday, and we want to thank the gardai and the council and all our good neighbours for their help," Robert added.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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