Over 2,200 Gardaí Assaulted On...


Over 2,200 Gardaí Assaulted On Duty In 10 Years

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

10:21 28 Oct 2022

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Almost 2,300 Gardaí have been assaulted on duty over the past 10 years.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee has condemned attacks on Gardaí and other frontline services, saying assaults on officers injure not only the victims but the communities as a whole.

New figures show 2,267 Gardaí have been assaulted on active duty since 2013.

There were 205 in 2020, rising to 241 last year, with 196 so far this year.

Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín says the new figures are incredible;

"We're talking about hundreds of Gardaí every year simply being assaulted while they're in service of a community. Many people were shocked, obviously, at what happened at Cherry Orchard but these figures show these are not isolated incidents, these are happening regularly and all around the country."

The Minister says anyone who's convicted of assaulting a garda can be jailed for up to seven years, under current laws.

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