Tuesday 23 May 2017

Gardai sustain facial injuries and fractured wrist in second garda attack

"There's an onus on every single person who has any information to ensure those thugs are brought to justice"

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Alan O'Keefe and Kathy Armstrong

A female garda sustained a fractured wrist and a male sergeant received a suspected fractured jaw in an attack in the early hours of this morning.

Two men in their 20s have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The incident happened at Aylward Green in Finglas, Dublin 11 shortly before 2am.

The assault happened after the gardai approached a number of men at the above location and one of the males attacked them both.

"They called for back-up and a number of garda units went to the scene to assist them," said a garda press office spokesman today.

Both members of An Garda Siochana were brought to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown for treatment.

The female garda received treatment for a fractured wrist and was later discharged. 

The garda sergeant continued to receive treatment at the hospital today for a suspected fractured jaw, said the garda spokesman.

The two men are due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning, Monday April 17 2017.

Dublin Lord Mayor Brendan Carr has condemned the attack and said there's a responsibility on anyone with any information to contact the gardai.

Mayor Carr told Independent.ie: "The gardai are going out there to protect the rest of us have and ensure we have some kind of safety.

"I know there's a lot of controversy at the moment about gardai at a higher level but the lads and women on the streets are doing a great job.

"They're trying to do their job and this is a time when the public is going to have to stand together to protect their role, as such.

"There's an onus on every single person who has any information to ensure those thugs are brought to justice."

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Mayor Carr also said we need to review the protection afforded to ordinary gardai on the beat.

He said: "The guards are well trained and able to look after themselves but when something like this happens the debate needs to be raised.

"I wouldn't be in favour of arming the ordinary gard on the streets but they do need to be protected as much as possible.

"This is a chance for the public to help the guards, rather than the guards helping the public."

The assault happened just hours after two other gardai were attacked by three men in Claremorris, Co Mayo.

The male officer suffered head and hand injuries while his female partner had minor injuries. Both were taken to hospital in Castlebar. The male garda was treated and discharged yesterday while his colleague did not require hospital treatment.

Three men aged 18, 21 and 22 were arrested in connection with the incident. They were being questioned last night at Castlebar and Westport garda stations.

Read More: Three men savagely assaulted two gardai - one female - in early morning attack

A spokesman for the Garda Representative Association, (GRA) said while the "horrific assault on two gardaí in Mayo has sent shock waves throughout all front-line GRA members, none were surprised.

"Gardaí simply do not currently have the necessary personal or legal [tools] to protect them from such attacks," he said. The GRA has been lobbying for body cameras, which it believes is "a vital tool in ensuring that assaults against members are properly recorded".

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