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Assaults on Emergency Services - Part 2
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for a sensible and measured approach in dealing with the violence over the past few days in Belfast.

Mr McGuinness told RTÉ's This Week programme that the people of Belfast have to sit down and talk to each other to find a way forward.

He was speaking after seven PSNI officers were injured when they came under attack from loyalist rioters for a second successive night in north Belfast.

The violence is linked to the prevention of an Orange Order parade from returning through Ardoyne on Friday.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said leaders of the Orange Order in Belfast must take some responsibility for what was happening on the streets.

Petrol bombs, bricks, bottles and other missiles were thrown at officers in the same Woodvale area of the city that witnessed serious disorder on Friday night.

Police responded by firing baton rounds and deploying water cannon.

Officers described the unrest as "sporadic". Three people were arrested.

The Woodvale Road and the Newtownards Road area of east Belfast witnessed the worst violence on Friday, with 32 police officers injured.

MP for North Belfast Nigel Dodds was treated in hospital after being struck by a brick in the clashes in Woodvale. He was discharged yesterday morning.

An extra 400 police officers from Britain were deployed to Northern Ireland after Friday's rioting.

More than 600 mutual aid officers from England, Scotland and Wales were already there supporting the PSNI operation as tension surrounding the traditional 12 July commemorations spiralled into disorder.

Trouble flared on Friday as police attempted to enforce a decision banning a controversial Orange Order parade from passing the republican Ardoyne area on the Crumlin Road.

Disorder then spread to east Belfast during six hours of violence.

The Orange Order had originally called for protests against the ruling by the Parades Commission, but senior Orangemen called for protest action to be suspended after Friday's violence.

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott yesterday condemned those responsible for the trouble and also criticised those within the Orange Order leadership who called for protests.
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Man who groped PSNI woman in car is jailed

JAIL: Rowdy drunk Gordon Deery
16 July 2013

A drunk who “inappropriately” touched a police woman in the back of a patrol car has been jailed for eight months.

Rowdy thug Gordon Deery put his hands on the officer’s thigh and chest after being arrested for disorderly conduct outside a supermarket in Enniskillen.

When the woman cop fended off the 47-year-old lowlife he tried to hit her and spat at both her and a male colleague.

Deery, of Willowvale in the lakeland town, appeared in the dock at Fermanagh Court last week to admit assaulting the officer and her male colleague. He also admitted assaulting a man and attempting to damage a car belonging to a woman.

The court how Deery was arrested after cops received reports of two men causing a disturbance, first at Tesco in Enniskillen and then Asda on June 10.

Deery had assaulted a Tesco customer who had been sitting outside the store in his vehicle.

By the time the officers arrived at the scene Deery and the other man were heading towards the nearby Asda store and police received a report that he had kicked a vehicle in

Asda's car park.

Deery was verbally abusive towards the police and continued to be verbally abusive towards the officers when he was placed in a police car.

He touched the policewoman who was sitting beside him in the back of the car “inappropriately”, holding her hand and putting his hand on her thigh and chest. When she fended him off he tried to hit her in the face.

The prosecutor said the policewoman then swapped places with her male colleague and took over the driving. Deery spat in the male police officer's face and on the back of her head.

Defence barrister Heather Philips said Deery had taken a significant amount of alcohol and had no recollection of his behaviour. Miss Philips said Deery had a “very long” criminal record and is currently serving a three-month prison sentence imposed on him at Coleraine Court for disorderly behaviour.

District Judge Liam McNally jailed Deery for four months and activated a four-month suspended prison sentence for theft.
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Claremorris man told Garda he would ‘put him six feet under’

Mayo Advertiser, July 19, 2013.

An intoxicated Claremorris man who walked into a Supermacs restaurant in the town and made a beeline for two members of An Garda Siochana and proceeded to tell one of the “You took my life, now it’s pay back, I’ll take yours” was found guilty of two breaches of the public order act in Castlebar District Court this week.

Garda Liam Coyne told the court that on February 30 2013, at 9.30pm he and a colleague were on duty in Claremorris town and had stopped into Supermacs restaurant to pick up something to eat. Eamon Gill with an address at 1 Barr na hAille, Claremorris came into the restaurant and walked over to the two Gardaí and became aggressive and abusive towards Garda Coyne in particular. Garda Coyne told the court that Gill came over to him with his fists clenched said to him: “You took my life, now it’s pay back, I’ll take yours”.

Garda Coyne directed him to leave the area under the public order act but Coyne failed to do so and Gill then told him: “I’ll get you and your family, I’ll put you six feet under”. He then arrested him and brought him back to Claremorris Garda Station and he continued to be abusive on the way there.

Taking the witness box, Gill told the court that he was being harassed by Garda Gill and he had threatened him at a roadside checkpoint before and told him: “I’ll get you again Mr Gill” an accusation denied by Garda Coyne. Supt Joe Doherty put it to Gill that Garda Coyne had never brought charges against him to court before this week and in fact had never arrested Gill before. Judge Mary Devins convicted and fined Gill €100 for threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour in a public place and took a charge of intoxication in a public place into consideration.

Gill was also in court to face sentencing for a case from May this year where he was found guilty of slashing the tyres on his brother’s jeep following a dispute between himself and his brother. Judge Devins convicted and fined him €100 for this offence. Supt Joe Doherty alerted the court that another prosecution coming out of the incidents surrounding Gill slashing his brothers tyres may be forthcoming in the coming weeks if the DPP directs so.
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Man jailed for assault of garda

23 July 2013

A PART-TIME security officer has been sentenced to two months in prison for assaulting a garda sergeant after he was refused entry into a Dublin bar.

A PART-TIME security officer has been sentenced to two months in prison for assaulting a garda sergeant after he was refused entry into a Dublin bar.

Jason Nugent (23) of Yellow Road in Whitehall was also sentenced to one month in prison for using threatening and abusive behaviour on February 17th on the Malahide Road in Swords.

Swords District Court heard that at 1.50am gardai were called to Wright's Cafe Bar as Nugent, who had been refused re-entry, became aggressive to door staff.

Gardai requested him to leave the area but he failed to do so and 'lashed out' at gardai. When gardai tried to arrest Nugent, he resisted and started to kick out and issued threats.

Two gardai and two door staff had to restrain Nugent.

Garda Shane McGuinn told the court when Nugent was brought to the garda station he continued to be aggressive and kicked Sergeant Anthony Nulty on the right shin.

'He was highly intoxicated and continued being aggressive,' said Garda McGuinn.

The court heard Nugent has three previous convictions including assault causing harm where he was sentenced to a one year suspended sentence in April 2011 and paid €5,000 compensation to his victim.

Nugent's solicitor told the court that the part-time security officer 'reacted badly' to not being allowed to re-enter the bar.

'He should have left the scene,' the solicitor added.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said he did not think it was appropriate to give Nugent a community service order because of his previous convictions and sentenced him to two months in prison.

He fixed recognisance in the event of an appeal.
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Youth accused of threatening to kill garda with a hatchet

Tom Tuite – 24 July 2013

A prosecution has been brought against the 17-year-old boy for making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to Garda Peter Cunniffe at the youth's north Dublin home on August 25, 2011.

He is also accused of production of a hatchet during the course of a dispute and resisting arrest on the same date.

Judge John O'Connor granted legal aid to the teenager who is in bail and was ordered to appear again at the Dublin Children's Court in September.

A decision has yet to be made as to whether he will be tried in the juvenile court or instead have his case sent forward to the Circuit Court, which can impose tougher sentences.
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Teen tried to ram Garda van during high-speed pursuit

Gardaí gave evidence of a high-speed chase involving a car allegedly driven by the teenager.


A Dublin youth has been denied bail after a court heard that he almost caused numerous collisions and tried to ram a garda van during a high-speed pursuit.

The 17-year-old boy has been charged with dangerous driving by speeding at Cheeverstown Road, Citywest Avenue, Citywest Road and Brookfield Road in Tallaght, on Wednesday July 24th.

He is also accused of criminal damage to a garda van at Citywest Road and trespassing in circumstances causing fear at Belfry Avenue, on the same date.

Gardai in Tallaght had spotted the teenager, who has not yet entered a plea, driving a car at Brookfield Road and followed it, the Dublin Children’s Court heard.

Citing the seriousness of the offences, Garda Dave Morris objected to bail and told Judge John O’Connor that the teenager drove the wrong way on a roundabout and “doubled back” in a dangerous manner.

“He tried to swerve on our side, tried to ram us off the road,” Garda Morris said adding that his colleague, who was driving their patrol van, managed to avoid a collision.

It was claimed the teenager drove along the Cheeverstown Road and overtook other cars while there was on-coming traffic.

The juvenile court heard that other cars had to swerve to avoid being hit and the teenager allegedly continued speeding and broke red lights and almost caused more crashes.

At Citywest Road, cars at a roundabout had to brake suddenly as the teenager drove through and then began driving on the wrong side of the road, it was alleged.

It was also claimed the youth approached another roundabout and failed to stop and drove around it on the wrong side of the road before crashing into a tree.

Two males fled from the car which did not have its handbrake on and then rolled back into the front of a garda van which was damaged.

The car then rolled across a road into a tree while people where on a nearby footpath.

The court heard that the youth, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, fled through back gardens of houses before he was arrested.

The teenager had told gardai “shove it up your hole” when he was charged with damaging the garda van and claimed that he was with his partner in response to the trespassing offence.

In court, however, his solicitor Brendan Aherne said the youth, who was granted legal aid, admits he was in the car but denies being the driver. The lawyer asked the court to grant bail and said the youth was anxious to avoid going into custody.

Judge O’Connor refused bail and remanded the teenager, who may not be named because he is a juvenile, in custody to appear again next week.
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Man jailed for throwing crowbar at off-duty garda

Sonya McLean and Jessica Magee – 30 July 2013

David Gibbons (41) of Thomond Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Gardaí David O’Neill and David Howard causing them harm on Main Street, Lucan, on March 9, 2012.

He also admits being in possession of a crowbar and driving a vehicle without the permission of the owner. This car, a Nissan Qashqai, had earlier been stolen during a burglary at the owner’s home.

Gibbons’ 45 previous convictions were largely for road traffic offences.

Dean Kelly BL, defending, told Judge Mary Ellen Ring that while his client has made these admissions, he disputes the evidence of Gda O’Neill that he deliberately struck him in the thigh with the crowbar.

He said Gibbons admits having the crowbar and throwing it in the direction of the gardai but claims he then immediately ran off and that there was no follow-up assault.

Judge Ring heard evidence from three civilian witnesses who said they saw the man throw a crowbar in the direction of gardaí.

The judge said she was satisfied that Gibbons had thrown the crowbar in such a way that had “sent it flying in a fashion where it was dangerously let loose at two gardaí”.

She said Gibbons should have just kept going when he saw the mugger being restrained on the ground. She said his actions had caused injuries to the gardaí and he should have known better at his age.

The court heard that Gibbons has refused to deal with probation and welfare services in the past because he was unwilling to discuss private family matters with strangers.

Gda O’Neill told Garnet Orange BL, prosecuting, that before the attack he was approached by a woman in Lucan while he and his colleague, Gda Howard, were on a rest day.

He said the woman was in a distressed state and physically shaken. She said she had just been robbed and a number of people were restraining the culprit, Michael McDonnell.

McDonnell (42) of Decies Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to robbery and was given a three-year suspended sentence.

Gda O’Neill said he and Gda Howard were helping to restrain McDonnell when Gibbons ran towards them carrying a crow bar in a threatening manner.

He said Gibbons then smacked him in the thigh and threw the crowbar at Gda Howard, striking him on the arm as he tried to protect himself.

The man then ran off before Gda Howard chased and arrested him.

Gda O’Neill refused to accept a suggestion from Mr Kelly that he was not deliberately struck by Gibbons but rather the crowbar was thrown in his direction.

Gibbons told the court that he just threw the bar at the gardai when he saw they had McDonnell on the ground and that he couldn’t explain how he injured two gardai by simply throwing the bar.

“I threw it and just turned on my heels,” Gibbons told counsel. He insisted there was “no possibility” that he struck Gda O’Neill.

Judge Ring suspended the last 18 months of the three-year sentence she imposed on Gibbons, but said he must go under the supervision of probation and welfare services for 12 months following his release.
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THIS is the Dublin woman accused of assaulting a garda after an incident at a local hotel.

Lisa Sweeney (44) allegedly assaulted a female garda after she was taken back to Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to a date in September.

The accused, of Warrenstown Drive in Blanchardstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The alleged incident took place at the Travelodge, Navan Road, Dublin 15 on July 19. Sweeney is also accused of assaulting Sergeant Eleanor O'Halloran.
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Petrol bomb thrown at Garda station in Killarney
Man charged with allegedly throwing burning container at station wall

A man has appeared at a special sitting of Killorglin District Court charged in connection with a petrol bomb attack on the Killarney Garda station.
Anne Lucey

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Sat, Aug 3, 2013, 16:37
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Sat, Aug 3, 2013, 16:21

A man has appeared at a special sitting of Killorglin District Court this morning charged with arson over a petrol bomb attack on the Killarney Garda station.
Judge James O’ Connor remanded the man on bail under strict conditions according to informed sources and he is due to appear again before Tralee District Court on Thursday next.
It is understood the man is from Killarney and in his twenties.
He was arrested after allegedly throwing an ignited container of petrol at the wall of the Garda station early yesterday, causing a small fire.
Gardai put out the fire and there were no injuries.
No further details available at this point as the media were not present at the special court sitting as they were not informed.
The man was represented by a solicitor in court. The Garda press office in Dublin say they were not informed of the special sitting and so could not notify the press.
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Hunt for driver who fled after attack on garda

27 August 2013

The incident happened in the early hours of last Saturday morning at a petrol station in Ferbane, Co Offaly.

A garda pulled in to investigate a 4X4 at about 5.15am. His suspicions were aroused after speaking to the male driver and he began a search of the vehicle.

He came across drugs and a quantity of cash, but a struggle broke out and the garda sustained injuries. The driver fled on foot as the garda struggled to raise the alarm. A search of the area failed to locate the driver.

CCTV footage has been examined by gardai and it is understood that they are following a definite line of inquiry.

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A garda was taken to hospital after being viciously assaulted during a drugs search at a service station.

The garda was on routine patrol when he went to investigate a suspicious vehicle at a filling station on the Athlone Road, in Ferbane, Co Offaly, at 5.15am on Saturday.

Gardai at Birr said the officer discovered drugs and "a large amount of cash" when he searched the silver four-wheel drive vehicle.

The vehicle's sole occupant then hit the garda on the head and knocked him to the ground.

The officer was then hit while on the ground.

"He called for assistance and the driver made his escape on foot," the garda spokesman said.

The garda was taken to hospital and later discharged. Investigating officers are viewing CCTV footage and following a "definite line of inquiry".
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Major bomb attack on PSNI helicopter thwarted

Lesley-Anne McKeown – 28 August 2013

BRITISH troops were involved in a massive security operation close to the border in Northern Ireland after claims that a major bomb attack had been thwarted.

There were unconfirmed reports that at least two mortars had been found and the Army was continuing to hunt for another, bigger device.

It is understood the mortars, which were planted vertically, could have been used to attack a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) helicopter responding to another incident.

The alert, close to the village of Cullyhanna in South Armagh, has been continuing for several days.

Soldiers have been using sniffer dogs and metal detectors to scour hedgerows and culverts.

The finger of suspicion has been pointed at republican dissidents who have been responsible for the murders of two soldiers, a police officer and a prison guard in recent years.

As yet the PSNI has declined to make a statement.

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy described the discovery as distressing.

He said: "I am concerned at both the capability and the intent of those sinister elements behind this attack and it simply reinforces how important it is that local people give total support to the police and provide them with every assistance possible as they attempt to protect and serve the entire community.

"I would appeal for anyone with any information to come forward immediately and help the police to catch whoever was responsible for this incident."

In March, a mortar attack on a police station in Londonderry was foiled after the security services stopped a van with four viable devices primed and ready to launch.

Two men were arrested and were remanded in custody after appearing before a judge in the city.

Mortars have also been found during security alerts in Belfast.
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Suspects arrested following ramming of Garda car at Swords

by Ian Scott on August 28, 2013

Gardai have arrested two males following an incident in Swords during which a Garda car was rammed and a Garda was injured.At approximately 3.25am this morning Gardai in Swords responded to a report of a car acting suspiciously in the Cian Lea Estate, off the Rathbeale Road.

When Gardai arrived at the estate they observed a white Nissan Micra fitting the description. The Micra then drove at the Garda car ramming it and injuring a Garda. The female Garda in her 20’s was taken to Beaumont Hospital with what is described as a serious head wound. She is currently in hospital awaiting surgery.

The car was later recovered near Talbot Hall by Gardai responding to calls relating to burglaries. Following a search of the immediate area by Garda units, including the Garda Air Support Unit, two males in their late teens were arrested and conveyed to Coolock Garda Station where they are currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

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Little pricks, hopefully the members are ok. Has anyone heard who the member is?
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Female garda needed surgery, facial stitching after being struck by stolen car
Victim recovering in hospital from third serious injury in short policing career

A garda recovering in hospital after being rammed against her patrol car by a stolen vehicle was lucky to have escaped with her life, according to senior officers.
Garda Karen Duffy was driven at by four teenagers in a stolen Nissan Micra as she stepped from a Garda car to check reports of suspicious activity in Swords, north Co Dublin, just before 3.30am yesterday.
As she was stepping from the passenger seat the stolen car drove immediately towards her. It made contact at speed, ramming her car door back into her.
“If her head, rather than her body, had taken even a tiny bit more of the impact when she got squashed it could have turned out very differently,” said a Garda source familiar with the case.

After the impact, the stolen car sped from the scene on the Cian Lea estate and the injured garda’s colleagues went to her assistance.
She had sustained serious head injuries and was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital, where she has undergone surgery and was recovering last night.
Garda sources said Garda Duffy, who is in her 20s and is based at Swords Garda station, is expected to make a full physical recovery but that could take some time.
She had been seriously injured twice previously while on duty. In 2009 she and a colleague chased a stolen Mercedes at speeds of up to 200km/h before using their car to prevent the stolen vehicle driving the wrong way up the M1 in Dublin. They were rammed at speed in the process.
In an unrelated incident three years later the garda was head-butted when she blocked a man fleeing a pub as he was being questioned about a fight.
The Nissan involved in the latest incident had been reported stolen from the Santry area, a neighbouring suburb of Ballymun in north Dublin where the suspects in custody last night are from.
The injured garda had gone to the area with colleagues in a patrol car to investigate reports of suspicious behaviour by the occupants of a white Nissan Micra. A number of people believed the youths were attempting to break into houses and garden sheds.

Upon arriving at the Cian Lea estate, the garda subsequently injured had decided to approach a vehicle fitting the description in the complaints from the public when she was rammed and injured.
After the stolen car fled the scene a major back-up operation was put in place involving unmarked Garda cars, patrol cars and the Garda helicopter.
The Garda emergency line received a number of further calls from members of the public, which led them to the Talbot Hall apartment block in Swords less than 30 minutes after the ramming incident.
The stolen Micra was seized and two juveniles arrested. They were detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Coolock Garda station.
The seized vehicle is undergoing examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau and the scene where the female garda was injured has also been examined.
She's had a rough run of it. But still, she was lucky. It was a remarkably smiliar story that resulted in the death of Robbie Mc Callion!
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Two teenagers have been released without charge following an incident in Co. Dublin yesterday during which a garda car was rammed.
A female garda in her twenties was injured during the incident in Swords.
A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
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New figures show 309 alleged assaults on emergency staff in one year

The Department of Justice published the figures, which show the rate of convictions and non-convictions.

THE SCALE OF the number of assaults on front-line emergency staff is clear from newly-released information.
New figures released by the Department of Justice show that in 2011 there were 309 recorded incidents of alleged assault, the Medical Independent reports.
It says that out of these, there were 69 convictions and 66 non-convictions.
Between 2006 and 2011, there were 1,551 incidents, which include alleged assaults on prison officers, gardaí, ambulance personnel, fire brigade members and defence forces, as well as staff giving medical assistance in a hospital.
In addition, 248 assaults were recorded in 2010, with 87 convictions resulting from this.

I would say this clear information isnt even the tip of the iceberg of the amount of assualts that actually take place, so many are just brushed off and not reported!
Female garda injured after beer keg thrown at her head during disturbance

17 September 2013

The 30-year-old garda, who is based at Tullamore station, was called out to deal with a public order incident in Tullamore shortly after midnight on Sunday.

As she arrived at William Street, a man picked up the keg from outside a nearby pub and threw it at the garda.

She was struck "head on" and knocked to the ground.

The garda, who is from north Tipperary and has around 10 years' service in the garda force, was rushed to Portlaoise Hospital with face and neck injuries.

She has since been discharged from hospital, but colleagues said she would remain under medical treament for some time.
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