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Over 290 gardaí injured while on duty so far this year

That’s according to new figures shared by the Minister for Justice and Equality.

File Photo Rank and file gardaí have rejected findings that they falsified alcohol breath tests Source: Eamonn Farrell

THE NUMBER OF gardaí injured on duty increased year-on-year between 2012 and 2016, new figures show.

To date in 2017, a total of 293 gardaí have been injured, with 3,145 gardaí injured between 2012 and July 2017.

The figures were released in a parliamentary question to Deputy Bernard Durkan TD, who had requested them from the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan.

PastedImage-93926 Source: Bernard Durkan TD

Since 2007, a total of 5,417 members of An Garda Siochána have been injured on duty and five lost their lives on duty. They included Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was shot dead during a botched raid in Bellurgan in 2013, and Garda Tony Golden, who was killed by Adrian Crevan Mackin during a domestic dispute in Omeath.

The justice minister’s department was unable to give specific details on the nature of the injuries to the gardaí.

There are currently 12,359 members of An Garda Siochána, with 10,696 at the rank of Garda.

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