There were shocking scenes in west Dublin last night as a Garda car was rammed twice by joyriders in a stolen car.
A Garda spokesperson said that Gardaí responded to an incident of dangerous driving relating to two vehicles in the Cherry Orchard area of Ballyfermot around 7.30pm.
It was later confirmed that both cars were stolen, and they were found burnt out in a local park.
Some of those onlookers could be heard shouting “here’s garda, ram them” as the Gardai arrived on the scene.
As the Garda car is rammed twice, loud cheering is heard.
This is the reality of what Gardaí are facing. No driver training, etandard family hatchbacks, no assistance. These are the same lads that are assaulting people in the city centre. If the Garda rams back, they face losing there licence or worse pic.twitter.com/Qf3FMkl4JK
— Irish Radar Fella🇮🇪🇪🇺🇺🇦 (@SpotterIrish) September 19, 2022
“Both vehicles failed to stop when requested to do so by Gardaí and one vehicle collided with an official Garda vehicle,” said the spokesperson.
The incident was widely condemned by Gardai representatives and across the political spectrum.
Antoinette Cunningham, General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and inspectors (AGSI), said that the ‘shocking’ incident showed “the dangers Gardaí are exposed to as they go about their duty”.
“Gangs of people encouraging others to ram patrol cars. Disgraceful scenes and terrible to see for AGSI and the Garda Representatives Association. Should be condemned by all,” she said.
Local councillors said the scenes were “terrifying” and that decent people in the area were being terrorised by the actions of a minority.
“This is evidence of the shocking incidents Gardaí are forced to deal with as a small proportion of people terrorise a whole community,” Cormac Devlin TD said.