Witness Appeal After Assault O...


Witness Appeal After Assault On Garda In Ballymun

Sean O'Regan
Sean O'Regan

11:44 22 Jan 2023

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a member of the Gardaí was assaulted in Ballymun on Saturday morning.

The officer, who was carrying out an arrest following reports of dangerous driving at Gulliver's Retail Park, suffered a serious bite injury to his finger and his hand.

He was taken to Connolly Hospital to be treated for his injuries, but they are described as non-life threatening. A man in his 30s was arrested and he's being held at Ballymun Garda Station.

Justice Minister Simon Harris has said that we must remember the dangers all Gardaí face when doing their job to keep us safe. He added that his thoughts are with the injured Garda and is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who was in the area between half ten and midday on Saturday is being asked to contact the Gardaí, and anyone who has dash-cam footage is being urged to make it available.

Aodhan O'Riordain, who is the Labour Party's Justice Spokesperson, says it's time to 'get serious' about protecting Gardaí and equip them with body-cams.

"There has been a 17% increase in attacks on Gardaí in the last three years. This year has to be the year that we look seriously at how we protect our Gardaí. I think body-cams are going to be the way forward for that."

"We've seen in other countries how they work to protect the guard and they also work to give proper evidence of the interaction between that officer and the member of the public."

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