Anger as off-duty garda is assaulted

Louth garda chief, Chief Supt. Christy Mangan has angrily condemned an attack last week on an off duty garda who was out socialising with his partner Dundalk. The attack happened on Sunday 27th June on Park Street and resulted in the garda being brought to hospital where he received a number of stitches. According to a garda statement a man in his early 20’s was arrested on Monday before being released without charge.

“Gardaí in Dundalk are investigating the assault of an off-duty Garda on June 27, 2021 on Park Street in Dundalk.

A man in his early 20s was arrested yesterday, July 5, 2021 in connection with this matter. He has since been released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions,” read the statement.

According to Chief Supt. Christy Mangan the incident is being treated very seriously by gardaí and he condemned those who took part in it.

“As police officers we are used to a certain level of abuse but we certainly don’t expect to be attacked when doing our job and certainly not when out socialising when off duty. It was a very difficult incident for that member of the gardaí and this is something that we are treating extremely seriously.
“There have been a number of incidents in recent years which have seen gardaí attacked in Louth and it has to stop,” stated the Chief Superintendent.

Superintendent Mangan highlighted a number of recent incidents in Co. Louth where gardaí had been attacked including an incident where a member of the force were hospitalised following an attack last December and stated that no garda should have to worry for his safety when out doing his job.

The Louth Garda Chief was speaking at Drogheda Garda station on Monday where he gave a positive update on the bitter drug feud which has caused untold damage in Drogheda since 2018. Supt. Mangan stated that there is now relative calm after a concerted garda effort to target the drug dealers although he warned that the gardaí are still on high alert after three years of dealing with this ‘most bitter dispute’.

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