The Workers’ Party has condemned the killing of Josip Strok, a Croatian man who was fatally assaulted in Clondalkin, and called for any witnesses to come forward.

David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill, said: “The Workers’ Party sends our condolences to friends and family of Josip Strok, a Croatian man who was killed after being attacked in Clondalkin. His friend, who was with him at the time, has alleged that the pair were set upon simply for not speaking English. Unfortunately, with the rise of reactionary, racist politics, it is easy to believe that this was indeed the case.”

“This rise is the result of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens failing to address many of the issues facing working class people, which has allowed far-right agitators to take advantage of the situation and spread the divisive politics of hate. Josip appears to have become its latest victim.”

“Gardaí are asking people who travelled on the 13 bus from Clondalkin on Saturday, March 30th between 9pm and 10pm, as well as anybody in the area of Tower Road or Grange View Way between 9.30pm and 10.15pm, to come forward.”