Gardaí call for support from community and parents following incident in Carrigaline

Gardaí attended a number of incidents in the town on Saturday night.
Gardaí call for support from community and parents following incident in Carrigaline

An investigation is underway after gardaí were obstructed both physically and verbally in an incident in Carrigaline at the weekend, and Gardaí are asking for support from community representatives and parents of juveniles to ensure young people do not end up before the courts. 

Gardaí attended a number of incidents in Carrigaline on Saturday night and a garda spokesperson confirmed that in the course of making an arrest, gardaí were obstructed both physically and verbally in the course of their duties.

Videos which circulated online showed a large group of young people gathered on the street. Some shouted and appeared to interfere while Gardaí attempted to restrain one person while there was also interaction with another person who was in the back of a garda car. The Irish Examiner have reported that three female gardaí suffered minor injuries during the incident.  

The garda spokesperson said further criminal investigations are now ongoing in relation to these incidents.

Gardaí said that they are aware of videos circulating on social media and say it should be noted that these videos clearly show that the persons gardaí were dealing with on the night were teenagers, “the vast majority being juveniles, some quite young juveniles.” 

Work within the community 

“An Garda Síochána is a community based unarmed police service and works closely with communities to foster positive relationships," the spokesperson added. 

"As a community-based police service An Garda Síochána needs the support of the community, their representatives and the parents of juveniles to ensure that the youngest in our community are not just aware of but also practice their social responsibility and do not end up unintentionally being involved in criminality and referred to the Statutory Juvenile Diversion Programme or before the Criminal Courts.”

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