• Sat. Oct 29th, 2022

Apr 9, 2021

A garda is recovering in hospital after being dragged 100 feet by a car while she was involved in a drugs search in the Skibbereen area of West Cork at 7.30pm yesterday evening.The garda, believed to be in her 30s, sustained a number of injuries in the incident.She was brought to Bantry General Hospital before being transferred and is now being treated in Cork University Hospital.
She received serious leg injuries but they are not believed to be life-threatening.
She was working with other members of the force at the time.
A man in his 20s was arrested and gardaí seized around 5,5000 worth of cannabis herb and 3,000 in cash.
He is currently detained at Bandon Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.
Further searches were conducted in the Skibbereen area by the West Cork Divisional Drugs Unit, Southern Region Dog unit, and Gardaí from Bandon and Skibbereen.
As part of the searches, Gardaí seized 600 of suspected cannabis herb, 300 in cash, and a car.
A man, aged in his 30s, was arrested and is currently detained at Bandon Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
He is also being held at Bandon Garda Station.
A garda spokesperson said: At around 7.30pm on April 8, 2021 Gardaí from the West Cork Division were on active patrol in the Skibbereen area when they witnessed a suspected drug transaction between a man in a car and a pedestrian.
As Gardaí attempted to speak to the driver of the car, the car drove off at and struck a member of An Garda Síochána.
She was then taken to Cork University Hospital where she currently remains.
Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 
All of the suspected drugs will now be sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis.
Jason Collins, Garda Representative Association (GRA) representative for Cork West said: On behalf of all members of the Cork West Division I want to wish our colleague a speedy recovery following last night’s traumatic and dangerous incident.
This highlights the increasing dangers gardaí are facing in the course of their duties. Over 5,500 gardaí have been injured in the line of duty since 2005 the vast majority of which are, according to the GRA, caused maliciously.
As of the end of 2020, some 199 gardaí were injured during an assault while on duty.
Injuries sustained by those officers included internal injuries, broken bones, and cuts needing multiple stitches.
Gardai have been shot at, rammed, dragged along roads by cars, and assaulted with a variety of weapons.
These incidents have occurred in both urban and rural settings throughout the country.
Some of these are life-threatening and life-changing injuries.
The GRA has repeatedly called for tougher action against those who assault officers.
It has called for stronger legislation to deal with people who assault members of all emergency services including mandatory sentencing and they want better personal protection equipment such as body camera and tasers.
They have also called for more human resources and vehicles for quicker response and back-up times in rural areas and more armed support units.