Gardaí are investigating what was described as a “serious public order incident” after a “large number of people” were involved in an altercation in the car park of Galway Shopping Centre yesterday evening.
Videos posted online show a large group of adults gathered in the car park where screams and shouting can be heard.
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A Garda spokesperson told Gript, “Gardaí in Galway are investigating a serious public order incident that occurred on the Headford Road in Galway yesterday evening, Sunday 10th September 2023 at approximately 6.10pm.”
“A large number of people were involved in an altercation in a car park on the Headford Road. Two men were assaulted and are currently receiving treatment at University Hospital Galway for non-life threatening injuries.”
“During the course of the incident, a vehicle was driven at speed at a group of people. A man and woman are receiving treatment at University Hospital Galway for their injuries, which are understood to be non-life threatening.”
A number of weapons which Gardaí understand were used during the course of the incident have also been seized along with two vehicles which will be technically examined.
Local Councillor James Charity described the incident as “nothing short of outrageous” in a statement posted on Facebook.
“The scenes in the Galway Shopping Centre complex this evening and around Galway over the last few days are nothing short of outrageous,” he said.
“Cars being used to run people down, open mass brawls, and weapons being used repeatedly, all in broad daylight and in public spaces.”
Cllr. Charity continued saying that the Chief Superintendent “needs to assign additional Garda resources urgently to deal with this,” and that if such personnel were not available the Minister for Justice “needs to intervene and direct the Commissioner to provide those resources immediately,”
“There can be zero tolerance to people that think they are above the law and are prepared to conduct themselves like this in broad daylight on repeated days without any fear,” he said, adding, “The violence exhibited can’t be accepted in any civilised society, from any sector. The reputational damage done to Galway has been enormous and is simply unacceptable.”