Three arrests after two gardai assaulted in Ballyfermot
TWO members of An Garda Síochána were hospitalised in the early hours of this morning after they were assaulted while responding to a public order incident in the Ballyfermot area.
According to a Garda statement issued this morning, two gardai (a male and a female) responded to a call concerning a public order incident at a licenced premises on Ballyfermot Road at around 12.45am on Sunday, November 21.
The statement said: “In the course of dealing with the incident, both members were assaulted by a number of persons that were present and called for assistance from nearby colleagues who arrived within a very short period of time.
“Two males suspects, one aged in his 50s and one in his 30s were arrested at the scene for assault contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 and are currently detained at Ballyfermot Garda Station in accordance with the provisions of Section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984.
“A female suspect aged in her 50s was also arrested at the scene for offences contrary to the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994.”
Both gardai were taken by ambulance to St James’ Hospital, where one member has since been discharged.
The second remains in hospital pending further assessment in relation to injuries sustained in the course of the incident.
Speaking about the incident, Assistant Commissioner Angela Willis, Dublin Region, said: “My thoughts this morning are with our two colleagues from Ballyfermot who were viciously assaulted last night whilst going about their normal duties, protecting communities in the Ballyfermot area.
“I absolutely condemn the actions of the individuals involved in this serious incident and wish the members that were injured a full and speedy recovery.”
A full investigation has been initiated at Ballyfermot Garda Station.
Gardai are appealing for any person that witnessed the incident or that has any video footage of the incident to contact the investigating team at Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 6667200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Garda have also asked that any footage of the video is not circulated on social media.