Wednesday 21 February 2018

'She's still suffering pay cuts' - Garda repeatedly kicked in the face subject of shocking advertisement

GRA release advertisement on day of planned garda industrial action

The GRA advertisement that appeared in today's newspapers
The GRA advertisement that appeared in today's newspapers
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) have released a shocking advertisement showing injuries sustained by one of its members during a savage attack.

Helena Power was repeatedly kicked in the face and suffered a fractured eye socket when she was attacked at a Halloween bonfire in Clonmel, Tipperary.

Her attacker, then 24-year-old Andrew Freaney, was later sentenced to ten years in prison, with the last three suspended.

Mr Freaney also had a previous conviction for assaulting her during an incident on Christmas Eve in 2006.

Garda Power said she had “lost all appetite” for her job as a result of the attack.

“I’m not the person I used to be. I hate the person I’ve become because of a vicious and unprovoked attack,” she read in her victim impact statement.

Her eyeball needed 14 stitches while two operations were needed to correct eyesight problems after her socket was fractured in four places.

In the advert, the GRA state: “Garda Power is just one of thousands of gardaí who daily risk their personal safety to protect and serve the citizens of Ireland.

“No worker should be forced to endure pay cuts, increased workload, and increased risk to personal safety without the opportunity to say ‘stop’. We now say ‘stop’. Our role is unique in all society, and we must be treated as such.

“The Irish Government must now take care of our members, so they can continue to take care of you.

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