‘Appalling’ – Hospitalised garda was bitten during vicious Ballymun assault
Story by John Murphy • Yesterday 08:38
Agarda suffered serious injuries after he was assaulted while responding to a report of dangerous driving yesterday morning. The incident occurred at Gulliver’s Retail Park in Ballymun, north Dublin, at about 11.30am.
It is understood the garda was injured after being attacked while arresting a man.
The officer appears to have been bitten in the attack and sustained serious injuries to his hand and fingers. He was taken to James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was treated for his injuries.
A garda suffered serious injuries after he was assaulted while responding to a report of dangerous driving yesterday morning. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie
A man in his 30s was arrested and taken to Ballymun Garda Station where he was being detained last night.
Interim Justice Minister Simon Harris condemned the attack yesterday. He tweeted: ‘My thoughts are with the Garda member who was seriously injured today, and I encourage any witnesses to the appalling incident to come forward as @gardainfo have called for. We must always remember the dangers gardaí face when doing their job in keeping us all safe.’
A Garda spokesperson said: ‘Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to come forward. Any road users who were in the area between 10.30am and noon, who may have camera footage (including dash cam) are asked to make it available to investigating gardaí.
‘Anyone with any information can contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 666 4400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.’
The officer appears to have been bitten in the attack and sustained serious injuries to his hand and fingers. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie
The attack comes after figures published earlier this week revealed that 243 members of An Garda Síochána were assaulted since 2021.
GRA spokesman Garda Damien McCarthy said the issue of assaults on members of the force has been getting worse, with an increase of 17% in attacks since 2021.