Garda son of RTE star stabbed and beaten as he attempted arrest
Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30
The father of a garda who was beaten up and stabbed as he attempted to arrest a man has said some people "have lost all respect for the gardai".
Eoin Cox (35) is recovering from the assault which has left him with a suspected fracture of his shoulder and concussion.
The garda is the son of RTE broadcaster Valerie Cox and her husband Brian.
Garda Cox, who is based at Dundrum Garda Station, was beaten around his head and was stabbed in the leg with either a knife or a screwdriver.
His family confirmed that he was attacked as he tried to arrest a man in the Hillview housing estate in Ballinteer, Co Dublin, at around 6am on Sunday after gardai were investigating the theft of a car.
Garda Cox and his partner spotted the car and went to stop it when it abruptly stopped and the men in it ran off. Garda Cox chased one of them into the housing estate. The man ran up to a house and just as Garda Cox was about to handcuff him a number of men, possibly up to six, emerged from the house and began to attack him.
His father Brian said: "If Eoin's garda colleagues had not arrived so quickly and intervened we dread to think what injuries he would have sustained."
He revealed that his father John was one of the first recruits in Ireland's fledgling police force in 1922.
"I remember growing up in the garda station in Howth, Co Dublin and it was a different world. Then the public had great respect for the gardaí.
"It's very different now. Some people have lost all respect for the gardaí and really they have lost respect for themselves.
"Along with many parents, I was so proud when Eoin chose to become a garda, but what people don't appreciate is the danger they place themselves in every single day. Eoin was just doing his job, the job he is asked to do by the State, when this attack happened."
Two men, aged 18 and 20, were arrested and are due to appear in court later this month.