The son of a US tourist attacked in Dublin has slammed the Government as having “no plan whatsoever” to cut crime.
Last month, 57-year-old Stephen Termini was assaulted on the corner of Talbot Street in the capital’s North Inner City and has been in hospital recovering ever since.
His two sons have arrived to support him and have had meetings with An Garda Síochána during their stay here.
The pair have not met Justice Minister Helen McEntee but Mike Rizzuto told Newstalk Breakfast he knows exactly what he would say if he did.
“I would just want to know what can actually be done long-term,” he said.
“Like what’s actually going to happen as far as improvement for downtown Dublin?
“Because it doesn’t seem like there’s any plan or any work whatsoever.”
Mr Rizzuto said there are a “lot of really nice places” but does not feel safe in the capital, which he feels needs a beefed up Garda presence.
“There is, my brother and I have noticed, a lack of Gardaí around,” he said.
“I was with a reporter yesterday with my brother and it was about maybe an hour into us being downtown [before] we saw one Guard.
“With everything going on, it’s a little [worrying], you kind of have to look over your shoulder pretty often.
“We personally don’t feel safe. We haven’t gone out at night because every week that we’ve been here there’s been at least one or more assaults on other tourists.”
Despite his concerns about crime, Mr Rizzuto said the general public have been “fantastic” and the brothers have been stopped on the street by people who want to pass on their best wishes to their father.
He describes his father as “doing much better” and doctors hope he will be able to return to the US soon.
“He’s not completely there yet but hopefully a couple more weeks, he should be good to go and he should be released from hospital,” Mr Rizzuto said.
In the wake of Mr Termini’s attack, the Government announced a €10 million funding boost to pay for Gardaí to work more overtime shifts in Dublin.
Main image: Stephen Termini and his sons Michael and Jesse Rizzuto via GoFundMe