This story actually dates back to June 2015 but a discussion on Politics.ie website has recently resumed on the topic of how society should treat people who have been convicted of child sex abuse, have served their sentences and been released back into community. The Politics thread has a typical title -
Officers from the local Garda Station rushed to the scene. No arrests were made and according to the Herald report "sources said that there were no plans to make arrests in relation to the incident." Ward was brought to St Vincent's Hospital, where he received treatment for what were described as minor injuries. Sources told the Herald that he will now be "re-housed" in another location.
Ward has been driven out of a Dublin community before. In October 2014, locals gathered outside a northside bed and breakfast to protest at his residence there. Reports that he had been spotted acting suspiciously outside of a girls' school in Glasnevin saw a group of angry parents gather at his residence and demand he be moved on. Apparently "details of his sentence or crime can't be published in order to protect the identity of his victim, but as a convicted sex offender Ward is required to sign on at a garda station every seven days."
However sex offenders are not safe in the presence of the police either. There is a easily accessible video on Facebook showing him being assaulted in Dun Laoghaire garda station. Not surprisingly there was a follow-up headline in the Irish Daily Mirror on 1st August 2015Notorious Paedophile Flees Ireland Vigilante Mobs - and is seen on board ferry heading to UK