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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Assaults

This year
# Assaults
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
Last year
# paulstown
Two men due in court in connection with Christmas Day tractor theft in Kilkenny
The men are due to appear before a special sitting of Gorey District Court this afternoon.
# Dublin
Lifeguard headbutted and council staff spat on while working for Dublin's local authorities
Dozens of assaults on council staff have been reported in recent years.
Staff at the four councils were subjected to dozens of instances of verbal abuse and physical assaults since 2018.
Reports include sexual harassment and attempts by members of the public to damage workers' vehicles.
# Sligo
Young male arrested in connection with alleged assaults in Sligo
The alleged assaults occurred near Sligo Town on 22 January.
# tiktok
TikTok removes several violent videos linked to teen violence in Dublin suburb
Multiple violent videos were posted to the social media site.
All time
# Courts
Man jailed for six years for assaults on 75-year-old neighbour and 17-year-old girl
The man in his 70s told the court in his victim impact statement: “I will now be in fear forever. I don’t feel safe in my home.”
# London
Clashes with police after thousands join Black Lives Matter rally in London
Videos shared on social media showed protesters and police clashing outside Downing Street.
# canal crime
Gardaí say Grand Canal crime has 'dramatically declined', despite latest violent incident
Gardaí said they will continue to monitor the situation.
# Health Service
Staff in Irish hospitals assaulted over 1,000 times last year - but union warns it's 'tip of iceberg'
The majority of healthcare staff attacked were nurses.
# Longford
Significant reduction in Longford feud violence as gardaí issue warning over 'call out' videos
Local gardaí have been attempting to keep a lid on the feud.
# Sex Workers
Gardaí make five arrests as they carry out raids linked to spate of assaults on sex workers
A number of women have been subjected to violent attacks in recent weeks.
# Investigation
'They need to be vigilant': Appeal for sex workers to come forward over recent spate of assaults
Detective chief superintendent Declan Daly said no sex worker who comes forward will face prosecution.
# assaulted
Library staff and social workers among 110 Dublin council staff assaulted during work last year
Those who fell victim to physical attacks included library staff, park workers as well as street cleaners.
# Clonmel
Man charged and due in court over two assaults in Co Tipperary
Both victims received minor injuries.
# concerning
Seven 'serious' assaults on staff at Oberstown children's detention centre last year
A senior union official has said the situation has improved considerably recently, but the numbers have been described as “deeply concerned”.
# Weapons effect
Police officers who carry Tasers are more likely to use force and be attacked
Members of specialist Garda units are trained in the use of Tasers but they’re not widely used here.
# attacks
Two injured in separate stabbing and iron bar attacks in Laois and Wexford
Officers in Portlaoise and Enniscorthy are investigating.
# Facebook
Retail Excellence suspends partnership with Facebook after undercover reporter exposes violations
Retail Excellence had partnered with Facebook to provide training to retailers to enhance their digital strategies through their platform.
# Video Footage
Greyhound says it wants garda protection for waste collection crews in parts of Dublin
Greyhound Household has released video footage of Dublin residents verbally abusing staff members.
# thin blue line
'I've been bitten, spat at, assaulted': Noirin O'Sullivan says she can relate to rank-and-file gardai
The Commissioner was responding to personal stories of gardai who had been attacked, including one who needed 22 staples in his elbow.
# gra conference
Terrorism, assaults and the right to grow beards will be debated by rank-and-file gardaí
An internal dispute about two motions being removed from the GRA’s agenda is also likely to boil over this week.
# state claims agency
Assaults on prison staff cost the state around €26 million over seven years
It found that 3% of prison staff (93 people) were directly assaulted by prisoners in 2015.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be mandatory jail terms for people who assault medical staff?
Frontline employees have to work in very difficult environments.
# On the rise
'I was a happy-go-lucky guy before the assault but now I'd describe my life as hell'
Gardaí have launched a public awareness campaign to reduce assaults.
# Oberstown
A fire is blazing on the roof of Oberstown's youth detention centre
Five units of the Dublin Fire Brigade are at the scene to try and contain the blaze.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be mandatory sentences for assaults on gardaí?
Representatives say current legislation is not enough of a deterrent for violent criminals.
# enough
Staff at juvenile detention centre to take industrial action over violence
There were 100 violent incidents at Oberstown last year.
# Assaults
Social welfare office workers suffer punches and have chairs thrown at them
A union representing workers in Intreo offices said these employees need greater protection.
# the line of duty
'He got four years - I got life': The life-altering injuries suffered by gardaí
Some gardaí still suffer the physical and psychological effects of assaults decades after.
# tis the season
'Drink responsibly and avoid confrontation': Gardaí want fewer assaults this Christmas
“Thieves take advantage of us at this time of year as they know we may be distracted.”
# Assaults
Ireland's most dangerous prisons: Around the country staff are working in constant danger
So far this year there have been more than 50 assaults by prisoners on staff.
# Dublin
Two hospitalised after one man stabbed and another attacked with metal piping
The separate incident saw both men suffered non-life threatening injuries.
# danger
Publicans warn that increased violence in pubs could lead to a death
The head of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland has said an increase in attacks has happened in recent years.
# wrong message
Irish Prison Service: 'It was Swiss roll, not a birthday cake'
The Prison Officers Association says the wrong message is being sent out to prisoners.
# in the firing line
Head-butts, bites and a broken nose - but no jail time for garda attackers
In many cases offenders get off with suspended sentences or community service, they say.
# Holidays
Anti-social behaviour on Dublin's streets 'isn't putting tourists off'
Minister Paschal Donohoe said that Ireland is “a very safe destination” for tourists.
# Egypt
Seven arrested over sexual harassment during Egypt presidential celebrations
A video has emerged purportedly showing a teenage girl naked and surrounded by dozens of men in Tahrir Square during the inauguration celebrations.
# Your Say
Poll: Should all gardaí be armed with tasers?
Gardaí say it would combat the growing issue of members of the force being assaulted.
# crimes
One murder, 112 assaults allegedly by people out on bail this year
The figures show that there were also 15 harassment and related offences carried out by people out on bail.