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David Hogan, news vendor, selling the Hollybough at Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.
David Hogan, news vendor, selling the Hollybough at Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Update: Man charged over Oliver Plunkett St assault; Much-loved Echo boy back at post this morning

Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in his 40s in relation to an assault on Oliver Plunkett Street yesterday.

A Garda press statement this morning said: "Shortly before 4pm Gardaí received a report after a man was alleged to have been pushed whilst sitting on Oliver Plunket Street. Gardaí who were patrolling the area attending the scene and a man in his 40s was arrested close by. No injuries were reported to Gardaí at the time of the incident.

"He was detained at Bridewell Garda Station and has since been charged to appear before the courts at a later date."

Well-known Echo Boy David Hogan was assaulted while selling newspapers outside the GPO.

Mr Hogan, who is in his 50s, has a physical disability and has been working for the company for the past 40 years.

David Hogan
David Hogan

Mr Hogan said the entire street jumped into action when the incident occurred with help and assistance coming from all angles.

"I can't thank the shops and the GPO enough. The Long Valley and O'Briens as well, they were very good to me, very kind."

The man who assaulted Mr Hogan walked off towards O'Sullivan's Quay, but Gardaí soon arrested a man.

Mr Hogan said he felt very lucky after the attack that he was not injured and did not require medical assistance.

"An off-duty nurse came over and helped me, but I didn't need an ambulance or First Aid," Mr Hogan said.

The veteran Echo Boy is back at his post this morning.

Mr Hogan said he also wanted to thank the Gardaí.