People Who Assault Gardaí Could Face 12 Years In Prison

New proposals will be brought to government by the Justice Minister, Simon Harris.

Those who assault gardaí and emergency workers could soon face a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

The new proposals - being brought to government by Justice Minster Simon Harris - will also apply to those who ram emergency vehicles.

It follows a spate of assaults on gardaí in recent months - including an assault on a midlands officer in Athlone in January.

President of the Garda Representative Association, Brendan O'Connor, is also calling for a special taskforce to deal with issues within the force when it meets the minister later today:

A former detective wants to see Gardaí invest in their tactical approach before seeing maximum sentences for assaults on members of the force increase.

Mullingar's Pat Marry says each station should know their area and what they're getting themselves into when they respond to a call:

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