The Mother of a young Garda attached to the Public Order Unit has praised her son and his colleagues following yesterdays riots in Dublin City.
The woman, named Louise, outlined to Joe Duffy on RTÉ’s Live Line what the guards were faced with on the streets of Dublin last night.
Her son, aged 23, joined An Garda Síochána just over year ago and trained-up for the Public Order Unit only this Sumer. Louise said she was terrified for her son when he told her he was called in for Public Order overtime.
The Mother said ‘They didn’t know how bad it was going to be or the extent of it, it was only when they arrived, they saw the extent of what they were dealing with. It was horrific, it really was horrific.”
The young Guard’s Mother asked her son to text when it was safe, and when he was safe. She told Joe Duffy’s Live Line that he didn’t get a chance to text and only rang his mother after 1am. “He told me we’re back in the station, we’re all safe. He was covered from head to toe in bruises from bottles being thrown at them and bricks. They (rioters) emptied out bins to get whatever weapon they could to throw at them.”
The Public Order Unit were on the frontline in the face of the large numbers of thugs and rioters causing havoc in Dublin City Centre last night. Wearing protective gear and holding batons and shields can only protect a guard so much.
Louise said even though the guards were being battered upon, they stood alongside each other, supporting each other, to prevent further atrocities. “They have a good bit of protective gear to wear, even with all that gear, there were bruises and cuts on them. Things were bouncing off the ground and lashing up on top of them. It was really dreadful, but he stood there, alongside his colleagues to get everything back to normal.”
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