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Serious Assault on members of An Garda Síochána and Violent Disorder Incident - Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot 21st November 2022

Issue Date: 21/11/2022

Two members of An Garda Síochána responded to a call concerning a public order incident at a licensed premises on Ballyfermot Road at approximately 12.45am on - 21st November, 2022. 


On arrival at the scene the two members of An Garda Síochána (a male and a female) engaged with a number of individuals on the street. 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 male 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 Garda members were taken by ambulance to St James' Hospital, where one member has since been discharged and the second remains in hospital pending further assessment in relation to injuries sustained in the course of the incident.


Speaking about the incident involving the members of An Garda Síochána, Assistant Commissioner Angela Willis, Dublin Region stated:


‘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 and we 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 01 6667200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


We also ask that any footage of the incident is not circulated further on social media.