GSOC to probe Temple Bar 'fight' as garda's eye socket is smashed
Published 10/08/2016 | 06:33
An investigation is under way into a violent incident in which a garda suffered serious facial injuries.
The Dublin-based officer, who was off-duty at the time, had a bottle smashed over his head.
GSOC, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman, is investigating the incident which happened in Temple Bar shortly before 1.30am on Sunday.
The garda suffered a fractured eye socket as well as injuries to his head and arm tendons during the incident on Fleet Street and needed hospital treatment.
Five men including the injured officer were allegedly involved in a confrontation that happened when a night out turned sour.
Two north inner city Dublin men were arrested at the scene, outside Gallagher's Boxty House.
They are aged in their late 20s and early 30s and both are well-known to gardai.
Sources said that during the course of the incident, a bottle was thrown by one of the men involved.
It missed its intended target and a hit a woman on the ankle.
The woman was passing by when she was hit and it is understood she has not provided a statement to GSOC.
It is not known if she needed medical treatment.
The two suspects arrested at the scene were taken to Pearse Street Garda Station for questioning.
They were released without charge later on Sunday and a file will now be prepared for the DPP.
It is understood that the officer who was injured had been socialising with two off-duty colleagues.
The incident was reported to GSOC on Sunday and is being investigated. Good quality CCTV of the incident has been collected.
Gardai may also launch an internal enquiry.
GSOC yesterday issued an appeal for information about the incident.
It is "seeking witnesses to a public order incident in Temple Bar, Dublin, during the early hours of Sunday morning last at approximately 1.30am," a spokeswoman said.
"The incident, involving approximately five males, occurred outside Gallagher's Boxty House on Fleet Street where bottles were smashed and thrown."
The incident was referred to GSOC under Section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act, 2005, which provides for independent investigation of "any matter that appears to indicate that the conduct of a member of the Garda Siochana may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person".