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Monday 11 December 2017

CCTV shows thugs dancing on garda

Dean Bolger
Dean Bolger
Sean Liddy

A group representing gardai has blasted a vicious attack on two off-duty members in the early hours of Friday morning.

Drunken thugs danced on the head of one off-duty garda causing the young officer serious head injuries in the unprovoked attack.

Garda Dean Bolger is being treated at St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, after the violent incident happened at Strand Road in Bray.

He suffered a fractured skull and fractured eye socket in the assault.

His colleague Garda Sean Liddy was also attacked during the incident. Both men are in their 20s.

A spokesman for the Garda Representatives Association (GRA) said the thoughts of the wider force are with their two colleagues.

"Any assault on a member of An Garda Siochana is a direct attack on our communities," the spokesman told the Herald.

"Attacks on Gardai are a totally unacceptable occupational hazard," the spokesman said.

"We wish both men a full and swift recovery."

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Neither Dean Bolger or Sean Liddy were on duty when the assault occurred and it is understood that the attack was witnessed by one taxi driver.

It has emerged that gardai have also obtained good quality CCTV of the assault but no arrests have yet been made.

"Garda Bolger suffered far worse injuries than his colleague. He was punched and kicked in the head and received serious head injuries," a source explained.

"He also received an injury to his eye socket when he received a number of kicks while he was on the ground as the thugs danced on his head."

"Garda Liddy was also assaulted but did not require hospital treatment," the source added.

Serious

Garda Bolger was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital by ambulance after the attack but was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital because of the serious nature of his injuries.

It has emerged that Garda Bolger has not been well enough to give investigating officers a statement about what happened on the morning of the attack but it is expected that he may be in a position to do this in the coming days.

Gardai say that the three men involved in the assault all wore jeans and dark zipped jackets with one suspect being described as six feet and four inches in height and the other two around five feet and 11 inches in height.

A source explained that the two off-duty gardai had been out socialising in the seaside town and were attempting to make their way home when the incident happened.

It is believed that the group who were involved in the assault may have been in the same venue that the two gardai were in earlier on the night and may have left a local premises at the same time as them.

Garda Bolger is based at Greystones Garda Station while Garda Liddy is based in Bray Station.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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