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Attack on Garda in Dublin; The number of people arrested is four

Dublin: A fourth person has been arrested in connection with the attack on two gardaí, including a woman, in Dublin. The garda officers were attacked near a pub in Ballyfermot, Dublin. The injured were released from the hospital after treatment. A 50-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were arrested earlier. The woman was released after the arrest.

The male garda was brutally beaten in the attack. The female garda who tried to stop them was grabbed by the hair and thrown away. The three were arrested by the response and armed garda units.

The attackers filmed the attack and shared it on social media. There was widespread protest against the attack on the Garda.

Condemned by the Prime Minister

The attack was condemned by Prime Minister Micheal Martin, Justice Minister Helen McEntee, and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald.

Such attacks on the Garda would not be tolerated, as per Martin. According to the prime minister, they are putting their lives in danger to protect everyone. Mary Lou McDonald said that the incident was shocking and humiliating.

Angela Willis, Assistant Commissioner for the Dublin Metropolitan Region, also condemned the incident. Gardaí have asked anyone who witnessed the attack or has video footage to contact the investigation team at 01 6667200, the Garda Confidential Line, or any Garda station at 1800 666 111. They have also requested that no footage of the incident be shared online.

There should be a law to impose mandatory punishment.

Antoinette Cunningham, general secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI), has called on the Minister for Justice to introduce mandatory sentences for people who assault emergency workers on duty.

Body cameras should be provided.

The introduction of body cameras has been demanded for some time now. However, Garda stations have stated that body cameras will not be implemented before 2024. We would not have to rely on others for the violent scenes with this system. The president of the Garda Representative Association, Brendan O’Connor, has called for immediate action to prevent such attacks.
He also advocated for improved garda equipment and training.

Garda detective Damien McCarthy, former president of the Garda Representative Association and Dublin Central area representative, said garda attacks were common. 

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