Garda car ramming in Dublin ‘unacceptable’

The Justice Secretary said the ramming of a Garda car by another vehicle during an incident at Cherry Orchard in Dublin last night was ‘absolutely unacceptable’ and there must be consequences for the responsibles.

Video footage of the event has circulated on social media, during which a group of people cheer as the car collides with the Garda vehicle.

Ms McEntee said this type of crime would not be accepted and she asked the Commissioner of the Garda to look specifically at what more can be done to tackle this type of anti-social behaviour.

The focus will also be on what can be done to ensure the communities where these incidents occur are supported, Minister McEntee said. She added that they need to be supported holistically and holistically.

Speaking to RTÉ News, she said officials had shown contempt for the law, for the gardaí carrying out their work, but above all a contempt for “the hard workers who live in the area and who should not have to bear with it at their doorstep”.

“We will always support these communities, we have to come together to do that, but we have to be very clear that whoever was responsible last night, there has to be consequences.”

Minister McEntee said she is committed to increasing garda resources and ensuring the gardaí has ​​the necessary technology it needs.

“We have increased support for the new gardaí this year, we will do the same in the next budget and we will ensure that we expand our force and also ensure that the gardaí have the resources, the equipment, the technology it needs to respond to these incidents.”

She said she is working to ensure Gardaí will have body-worn cameras, license plate recognition and new Garda cars as part of the new resources.

She also said a “holistic approach” is needed to ensure the gardaí works with local authorities and local communities to get to the “heart of some of these issues” and have a holistic response while supporting communities. .

She said she would encourage people to come forward where they see these incidents happening.

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Earlier, the Garda commissioner said the incident was ‘shameful and concerning’ and added that public order units had been ‘blocked’ in the area.

Mr Harris said a full investigation was underway into the incident.

“The public order unit has been put in place. It had been put in place over the weekend, but it’s going to be in place now and available,” Mr Harris said this afternoon.

Association of Garda Representatives President Brendan O’Connor said gardaí whose vehicle was rammed last night are “traumatized” by what happened.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today With Claire Byrne, Mr O’Connor said the video was shocking to members of the public.

But, he added, the events of last night were “not so shocking” to frontline gardaí who had grown accustomed to “the rising tide of people ready to challenge, confront and attack the gardaí”.

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He congratulated the driver of the garda vehicle and the garda observer who knew how to get away from danger.

Mr O’Connor said the incident raised all sorts of questions about everything from equipment to training and protocols.

He said Gardaí was investigating the incident and reviewing social media posts.

Every other police department in the Western world has at least footage from a car camera or an officer’s camera, he said, and “this indicates a lack of resources and outdated equipment”.

The building blocks are not there for our members to keep the public safe, added Mr. O’Connor.

The GRA chairman also warned that front line units have ‘become so exhausted that we are only able to provide response policing and response policing is not effective policing’.

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The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) said the shelling incident was “very disturbing” and should be “condemned by all politicians and community leaders”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, AGSI chair Antoinette Cunningham said social media is a “huge factor” in these types of incidents.

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“The concern here for the people we represent is that it encourages impersonator-type incidents and that these young people and viewers feel empowered by these videos, and it encourages more of the same type of behavior,” she said. .

Gardaí said last night they were responding to reports of dangerous driving at the time of the crash, and two vehicles were seen ‘driving erratically’, failing to stop when asked.

The incident caused no injuries.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the incident, calling the events “despicable” for both the gardaí and the people of the area.

Mary Lou McDonald said residential areas of Dublin have a problem in terms of anti-social behavior

“The best people live in Cherry Orchard,” she told reporters this morning.

She called for increased services and supports to ensure communities are safe and gardaí can carry out their duties.

Ms McDonald added that residential areas of Dublin have a problem in terms of anti-social behavior and there has been no adequate response.

People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett echoed these calls, adding that when communities are “abandoned, then bad things are going to happen”.

Gardaí is calling on members of the public who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

They are also appealing to anyone who was traveling in the Cherry Orchard area at the time, who may have camera footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyfermot Garda station on 01-6667200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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