The sons of the US tourist who was seriously injured in an attack in Dublin city centre have shared a picture from the scene of the assault.
Stephen Termini's son Mike Rizzuto posted the picture of himself and his brother Jesse from the scene off Talbot Street.
“My brother and I stood where our father was attacked,” he wrote.
“It’s a very heavy spot, but it'll take more than that to keep us down.
“Our father has improved on his health. He's no longer in a coma, but it will be a long healing process. Please stand by.”
My brother and I stood where our father was attacked. Its a very heavy spot, but it'll take more than that to keep us down. Our father has improved on his health. He's no longer in a coma, but it will be a long healing process. Please stand by. Much love✌️💚 pic.twitter.com/vCAdMi2L7Y
— Djinnxofficial (@DjinnxArtist) July 30, 2023
57-year-old Stephen Termini from Buffalo New York remains in a serious but stable condition after the assault on the corner of Talbot Street and Store Street on Wednesday, July 19th.
His two adult sons travelled to Ireland to be with him after a GoFundMe page set up to support the family raised over $130,000 (€117,840).
Last week, Jesse shared an update on Facebook noting that his father’s condition was changing “day by day” but that he and his brother remain hopeful.
“The people of Ireland have been incredibly supportive and have been trying to help us every step of the way, and we truly could not be more grateful for these people doing everything they can for us,” he said.
“It truly is making this entire process easier and again we could not be more grateful to everyone here.”
The attack on Mr Termini has sparked a national debate about the safety of Ireland’s towns and cities – with the Justice Minister pledging an extra €10m for Gara overtime this year.
Meanwhile, the US Embassy has issued an updated security alert warning citizens to “exercise good personal security practices” following “a number of recent incidents reported in Irish media”.
The alert warns US tourists to, “be aware of their surroundings, especially when traveling in unfamiliar places, crowded locations, empty streets, or at night” and to “avoid walking alone, if possible”, especially at nighttime.
Three teenage boys, aged 14, 15 and 16, are now before the courts facing charges in connection with the attack.