Garda assaulted and male arrested at Columb Barracks last night
A garda was assaulted and a male protestor arrested in two separate incidents at the gates of Columb Barracks last night.
The officer was reportedly assaulted around 9pm after gardaí asked a crowd of protestors blocking the gates to disperse to allow staff to enter. The assaulted garda did not require medical assistance.
Shortly after midnight a male in his 20s was arrested for public order offences. He has since been released and a file is being prepared for the DPP.
An earlier bus carrying a group of IP applicants managed to enter the site without incident.
When contacted by the Westmeath Examiner, the Garda Press Office issued this statement:
A number of Garda units attended the scene of a demonstration at a location in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath yesterday evening, Friday, 24th March 2023 and into the early hours of this morning.
On Friday evening, at approximately 9pm, a number of protestors blocked an entrance to the premises. Gardaí requested the crowd to disperse to allow for staff to enter the property.
A male Garda was assaulted during this time. The Garda did not require medical treatment.
A man in his 20s was arrested for public order offences shortly after mid-night. He has since been released. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The crowd later dispersed from the scene after 1.30am.