Cherry Orchard: Joyriding condemned after ramming Garda car

Extensive footage of the scene at Cherry Orchard yesterday evening culminates in the ramming of a Garda squad car.

Gardaí responded to reports of dangerous driving in the Cherry Orchard area shortly after 7:30pm yesterday evening.

Upon their arrival, two vehicles were observed driving erratically and both failed to stop for Gardaí.

Footage taken at the scene then shows one of the vehicles rammed the squad car.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

Gardaí are now appealing for information from the public, urging anyone who witnessed yesterday evening’s events to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200.

In particular, they’re appealing to anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident to get in touch.

Joyriding has plagued the suburb for years, with locals often airing concerns of a lack of a consistent Garda presence in the area leading to a lawless atmosphere.

Local Sinn Féin representative, Daithí Doolan, has long been trying to raise awareness of the maladies blighting this community.

Cllr Doolan condemned the scenes, expressing the belief that he felt like they were on the cusp of losing control of the community.

“Last night was a very tough night for the residents of Cherry Orchard, they were terrorized by joyriding right throughout the evening.

“I saw the video of a car ramming the Gards in Cherry Orchard, this totally unacceptable and terrifying for the whole community, for the young people, and for the Gards themselves.

“Robbing cars and so-called joyriding must end, it must stop now.

“I believe we’re at the edge of losing control of this community.”

Cllr Doolan called on the Assistant Garda Commissioner for Dublin, Angela Willis, to boost the deployment in Cherry Orchard to guarantee security for the locals and avoid a repeat of last night’s chaos.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, with Gardaí saying investigations are ongoing.

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