Source: Sam Boal via Rolling News
Updated at 12.20pm
THREE PEOPLE HAVE been arrested after a garda and another man were injured in a shooting in Dublin this morning.
The incident happened this morning during a planned search of a house in Barnwell Drive, Ballymun.
Source: Sam Boal
The garda was shot in the arm. Both men were treated at the scene by trained gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade.
They have been taken to hospital for treatment.
Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Three people have been arrested and are currently being detained at Ballymun Garda Station, Clontarf Garda Station and Swords Garda Station.
Source: Sam Boal
President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors Antoinette Cunningham tweeted this morning confirming that the injured garda was from the Garda Emergency Response Unit.
The Garda Representative Association (GRA) tweeted: “Let there be no doubt about the threat to life that is faced down by frontline members every day. Speedy recovery to the injured ERU garda.”
GRA spokesperson John O’Keeffe told TheJournal.ie: “The shooting incident in Ballymun this morning is a clear example of the real danger to life that is faced by all our members on a daily basis.
Whether armed or unarmed, frontline gardaí know that then they say goodbye to their loved ones each day, they cannot guarantee their own safe return at the end of every shift. Yet they project and serve without fear or favour, on all our behalf.
“The thoughts and prayers of the GRA are with the injured ERU officer and his family today as we wish him a speedy recovery.”
Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan said that “incidents like this highlight the danger that can face members of An Garda Síochána in carrying out their duties”.
“The work of uniformed gardaí and the special units is critical in keeping people safe and tackling serious criminals whose activities can destroy communities.”
An investigation has been launched and GSOC has been notified of the incident.
With reporting by Michelle Hennessy.