Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart has called for tougher legislation to be introduced to crack down on those who are intent on attacking frontline workers who put their own personal safety on the line every day to serve others across the Capital.
The Deputy was commenting following reports this morning of a dangerous incident involving members of Dublin Fire Brigade and a group of youths in North Dublin.
Deputy Lahart commented, “Unprovoked attacks on emergency workers including those in Dublin Fire Brigade, nurses and doctors in the cities hospitals are now sadly a regular occurrence.
“The lead up to Halloween is arguably the busiest time of the year for frontline workers and they must be protected from attack with full rigour of our law.
“Those working to protect the safety of ordinary citizens are not just a uniform, they are human. They have families and lives too and the public needs to act with respect. We need to teach our young people that same message, that those they are trying to harm could be their own loved one.
“Fianna Fáil previously introduced legislation to ensure that all those working on the front line are protected through The Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill 2012.
“The bill had provided for a minimum five-year prison term for anyone found guilty of a serious attack on frontline workers but it is clear that we need a further measures to deter anyone who threatens assault or causes harm to these staff.
“There can be no wavering in our support for frontline workers at high risk and working to protect those living in and visiting our city,” added Deputy Lahart.