A Garda who was in the squad car that was rammed by joyriders said it was “scary to see a mob barking for our car to be rammed”.
Two female Gardaí were responding to reports of dangerous driving in the Cherry Orchard area of Dublin on Monday night when their car was hit twice by a stolen car.
Video footage of the incident showed a crowd of onlookers watching two cars speeding up and down a residential street before the incident took place.
One of the Gardaí in the patrol car said this evening in a statement released by the Garda Representative Association (GRA): “I’m alive, that’s the main thing.
“It was so disheartening to see a mob barking for our car to be rammed.”
GRA West Division representative Detective Garda Mark Ferris said both Gardaí had been medically evaluated by their own GPs and are now off duty on medical advice due to their injuries.
Both were still trying to process the traumatic events, he said.
Concerns have been raised at the level of Garda resources in the region to deal with the significant level of anti-social behavior that has terrified residents.
The nearby Ballyfermot-Garda station is understood to have been closed to prisoner detention since March 2020 and is under severe pressure in terms of Frontgardaí numbers.
It is also believed that there have been 15 defections from Ballyfermot District in the last two and a half years alone.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has described the ramming incident as “disgraceful” and “worrying”.
Mr Harris said there had been “heavy” police operations in the area and did not accept that the Gardaí involved had insufficient resources.
“That first car was the first reaction, but in the end we had 11 cell phones deployed and that restored order to the whole area,” he said.
However, GRA President Brendan O’Connor said earlier this week: “We have emergency responders because regular units on the front lines were used up so briefly. So we often also have our control room staff who are put in an impossible position because this call has to be handled on the screen and they can only send the resources that are available and that we now often see also inexperienced young gardaí, alone, without support to establish the fact and if you leave you will be faced with extreme danger, extreme violence and attacks and you will be unable to respond.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/im-alive-thats-the-main-thing-garda-in-patrol-car-rammed-in-cherry-orchard-42007636.html “I’m alive, that’s the main thing,” Garda rammed into Cherry Orchard in the squad car