A Garda was hospitalised after being slashed in the face with a garden trowel in Dundalk yesterday evening.
It occurred as he attended to public order incidents in the Bakehouse Apartments.
He was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, and a man in his fifties was arrested.
Local councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú was in the area at the time. He told reporters that it was frightening and totally unacceptable that a member of the force would be attacked while on duty.
Mr Ó Murchú said that he “went down to the scene. At that point, two gardaí were protecting the area as a crime scene and they informed me that somebody had been injured. I didn’t realise at that stage that it was a member of the Gardaí.”
Mr Ó Murchú talked people on the street who said, “they were calling out to some sort of what people thought was a fight or a fracas in the area.”
“So they were going about their business when one of them got seriously injured. It’s unacceptable.”