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Gardai call for community support after three female officers assaulted in Cork

Gardai are aware of images circulating online showing the officers being confronted by a large group of young people over the weekend.
A still taken from footage of an incident in Carrigaline, Co. Cork over the weekend

A still taken from footage of an incident in Carrigaline, Co. Cork over the weekend

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Gardai have said they are aware of images circulating online showing three female officers being confronted by a large group of young people in Co Cork over the weekend.

The three officers reportedly suffered injuries when they were assaulted while responding to a public order incident in Carrigaline.

Gardaí are now appealing to people with any other footage of the incident, which took place at 10.30pm on Saturday night, to come forward.

Between 20 and 30 young people were in the area when the attacks happened, but not all were involved, according to Superintendent John Deasy in the Examiner.

“The members who were trying to effect an arrest came under pressure and some of the people on the periphery got involved and, as a consequence, they got assaulted," he was quoted as saying.

"A disorderly crowd got involved in something they should not have gotten involved in.”

It was further reported that the injured gardaí did not require hospital treatment but all three are now out of work.

Supt Deasy said it was an incident that should not have happened, adding: “We are concerned about the members and their safety and wellbeing, and they are all being looked after in relation to that.”

A Garda spokesperson said officers had attended “a number of incidents” in Carrigaline on Saturday night (December 18).

“In the course of making an arrest gardaí were obstructed both physically and verbally in the course of their duties,” the spokesperson said.

“Further criminal investigations are now ongoing in relation to these incidents.

“An Garda Síochána are aware of videos circulating on social media. It should be noted that these videos clearly show that the persons gardaí were dealing with on the night were teenagers, the vast majority being juveniles, some quite young juveniles.

“An Garda Síochána is a community based unarmed police service and works closely with communities to foster positive relationships.

“As a community based police service An Garda Síochána needs the support of the community, their representatives and the parents of juveniles to ensure that the youngest in our community are not just aware of but also practice their social responsibility and do not end up unintentionally being involved in criminality and referred to the Statutory Juvenile Diversion Programme or before the Criminal Courts.”

According to gardai, Garda numbers assigned to Cork City Division have increased from 671 in 2014 to 731 end November 2021, a 9% increase.

“As a result of the implementation of the operating policing model implemented in Cork City Division a further 42 Garda members have been released to frontline operational policing roles,” a Garda spokesperson said.

“This is a total increase of in excess of 100 additional uniform members, which has allowed the implementation of Divisional Drugs Units, Divisional Protective Service Units and additional resources policing communities in Cork.”

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