Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson on Justice, Jim O’Callaghan has said tougher legislation must be introduced to crack down on criminals who attack the very people who put their own personal safety on the line every day to serve others.

The Deputy was commenting following reports that two Gardaí have been hospitalised following a vicious assault in the Capital over the weekend.

Deputy O’Callaghan said, “Those who are intent on attacking Gardaí and other on duty emergency workers, who put their own personal safety on the line to serve the public, must feel the full rigour of our law.

The attack on Gardaí which took place over the weekend was sadly just one of many which have occurred across the country as of late. We need a very strong response to anyone committing such an attack.

“Fianna Fáil previously introduced legislation to ensure that all those working on the front line are protected and that those convicted of a serious attack on an emergency worker would receive a minimum five year prison term.

“Regrettably the Fine Gael led Government failed to support this key piece of legislation. Our party have now updated this Bill and will be pushing the Government once again on the issue.

“Senseless attacks such as the one carried out on these Gardaí attached to the local drugs unit have no place in our society and will not be tolerated. It is absolutely apparent that we need further measures to be put in place to deter anyone who threatens assault or causes harm to these workers.

He concluded, “This Government must offer more legislative protection to frontline workers such as members of An Garda Síochana who are at high risk of unprovoked attack while working to protect the safety of ordinary citizens.”