People will gather outside Ballyfermot Garda Station this afternoon to show solidarity with the two gardaí who were violently assaulted on Sunday night.

The two officers were taken to St James’s Hospital after the attack outside a pub on the Ballyfermot Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Footage of the ‘sustained and vicious attack’ appears to show a male garda being punched and kicked, while a female garda who tries to intervene is also attacked.

Both gardaí have since been released from hospital; however, the male garda reportedly suffered serious facial injuries in the attack.

This afternoon, members of the Ballyfermot community will gather outside the garda station to show their support for the injured gardaí.

Appalled

Fianna Fáil councillor Daithí de Róiste told Newstalk that locals are absolutely appalled at the attack.

“We’re going to show our collective solidarity and our concern for the two gardaí that were viciously attacked on Sunday,” he said.

“It is the community of Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard recognising our local Gardaí and what they do for us on an ongoing basis.

“By our attendance, we are going to stand with all those who reject violence and reject attacks on our frontline emergency workers.”

Arrests

Two men, aged in their 30s and 50s were arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault, while a woman in her 50s was arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

A fourth man, aged in his 40s was arrested later at a different location.

Cllr De Róiste said the incident doesn’t represent the spirit or the people of Ballyfermot.

“By coming together for this event, we are just looking to show solidarity with the local members of An Garda Síochána and hopefully just show the rest of Dublin as well and the rest of Ireland that we don’t want this in our community, that we don’t like to see scenes like this in our community and that something needs to be done,” he said.

The gathering will get underway outside Ballyfermot Garda Station at 4: 30pm this evening.