Cars used to ram garda vehicle in Cherry Orchard left to burn as community 'ignored for too long'

Published date20 September 2022
Publication titleDublinLive (Ireland)
A garda vehicle was rammed during the carnage which saw two cars racing dangerously while crowds looked on and cheered. While there were no injuries reported, gardai were appealing to witnesses to come forward last night

Footage of the incident shows the cars racing up and down Cherry Orchard before one of them rams a garda car twice. Onlookers could be heard shouting "there's garda, ram them" as the garda car arrives on the scene.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Daithi Doolan, who is chairperson of the Joint Policing Committee in Dublin South Central, slammed the scenes last night. He said the community has been "ignored for too long" by Government and senior gardai.

He told Dublin Live last night: "Tonight's violence in Cherry Orchard must serve as a wake up call to the Government and senior Gardaí. This community has been ignored for too long. It urgently needs resources and support to tackle this lawlessness.

"Tonight robbed cars terrorised Cherry Orchard residents from early evening. When Gardaí arrived their car was rammed a number of times and had to leave the scene. The cars continued to be driven recklessly on the road and were then burnt out in the local park. This was a terrifying ordeal for local residents.

"This nightly violence has to come to an end. Garda Assistant Commissioner for Dublin Angela Willis must deploy extra Gardaí and resources to Ballyfermot. Otherwise I am deeply concerned this great community will be abandoned to a very small group of criminals."

He continued: "I would appeal to the community, Dublin City Council, youth workers, other politicians and the Gardaí to work together to put solutions in place and pull the community back from the edge. We urgently need the Government to work with us and support our plan for Cherry Orchard and turn the...

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