Armed patrols take place in Cherry Orchard after a Garda car is rammed

Armed patrols are taking place in Cherry Orchard, the Dáil was told after the Dáil revealed a stolen vehicle ramming a Garda car.

There is an increased armed presence here “through patrols from the Regional Support Units and Armed Support Units,” Mr Eamon Ryan told TDs.

He responded to Sinn Féin TD Aoghus Ó Snodaigh, who this week sparked the shocking ramming attack on what he says is the only operational patrol car in the area, which had been egged on by a “mob”.
Mr Ryan said: “The guards do a lot of patrolling in open areas and on the (Grand) Canal.”

Both bicycle and mounted units are increasingly visible, he said.

He revealed that a Garda strategy dubbed Operation Préachán (Operation Buttercup) had been in effect since August 20 – initiated just weeks before this week’s incident, which was filmed and shared widely on social media.

The operation “is focused on combating autocrime and antisocial behavior,” he said.

“As a result of this operation, seven people were arrested and brought to justice.”
Mr Ó Snodaigh said it was fortunate that gardaí, who were in “the only patrol car in the area” suffered only minor injuries.

He called for protecting the community in Cherry Orchard “to make sure there aren’t any more of these and that there is more than one patrol car for the area.”

He said: “What we saw on Monday cannot be repeated again.”

He called for the establishment of a task force in the suburbs, similar to that being created in the northern inner city, so that the long-promised renewal and investment can be implemented immediately.

“It would show the good folks at Cherry Orchard that the government isn’t going to let them down.”
Mr Ryan said high-visibility policing is continuing and would reassure the community. Armed patrols take place in Cherry Orchard after a Garda car is rammed

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