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Garda says she's 'glad to be alive' following incident in Dublin on Monday

Garda says she's 'glad to be alive' following incident in Dublin on Monday
The three year backlog to examine digital devices is a 'critical weakness' for gardai, a Policing Authority report has said (NIall Carson/PA), Β© PA Archive/PA Images

A female Garda who was in a patrol car rammed by joyriders in Dublin this week says she's 'glad to be alive'.

The Garda member was one of two officers who responded to the incident in Cherry Orchard on Monday evening.

Speaking in a Garda Representative Association statement, she said it was 'daunting to see the mob for our for car'.

A source told the Examiner around 15 frontline members have resigned in the Ballyfermot Garda District over the past two years alone.

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Speaking to the newspaper, Detective Garda Mark Ferris, the GRA representative for the Dublin Metropolitan Region West Division, said there is a huge lack of frontline GardaΓ­ to uphold the law in the area.

He also said some members do not have the training to drive using lights and sirens, and fear internal disciplinary action if they activate them.

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