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22/10/2021

Kildare TD alarmed that 10 gardai injured on duty every week

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Government TD Bernard Durkan said he's alarmed that 10 gardai injured on duty every week. Figures showed that a total of 2,113 officers were injured on the job and subsequently had to take sick leave between 1st January 2011 and 8th July 2015. Mr Durkan said: "These figures are alarming and present a serious threat to the administration of law and order. "The high number of Gardaí getting injured on duty is a worry. It also means that these Gardaí are then no longer available for duty. The TD claimed that there was a growing disrespect for authority in general and An Garda Siochana. He added: "As well as being a security issue, attacks on our law enforcement authorities result in increased costs arising from the resultant sick leave and equally importantly, a reduction in the number of Gardaí available for duty during the period of recovery from injury. "There is a need for more respect for our Gardaí and re-affirmation of support for their work, which they often do in very trying circumstances."

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