Tanaiste Leo Varadkar praises brave Gardai wounded in Blanchardstown shooting

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has praised the brave Gardai who were injured during the horrific shooting at Blanchardstown.

Last night, the Gardai were alerted after gunfire was heard near Whitechapel Grove shortly after 7pm.

The officers took cover behind a patrol car while the attacker fired bullets at the vehicle.

One of the Garda detectives was shot in the foot and the other in the hand.

A man, in his 30s, was arrested at the scene of the shooting after extensive negotiations.

El Tanaiste said: “I commend the bravery of the Gardai who were injured in the Clonsilla shooting incident and wish them a speedy recovery. We think of them and their families at this difficult time.

“This shooting was a horrific incident in a residential area in West Dublin. It must have been terrifying to those who lived in the area and to those who passed by.

“I also commend the garda’s response in controlling this incident so quickly through successful negotiations.

He added: “If you have any information or images of this incident, please contact the Blanchardstown Garda station.

“My colleague Justice Minister Heather Humphreys is absolutely right when she says that we must always remember that when wearing uniform and serving the Irish people, An Garda Síochána members put our protection and their duty to the State above for your own safety. “

Taoiseach Micheal Martin expressed surprise at the incident and said he was “deeply concerned” for the officers.

He said: “I was shocked and deeply concerned to learn that two Gardai were injured while performing their duties tonight.

“I wish gardai a speedy and full recovery, and I thank you for your service on behalf of the public.

“This incident in Dublin shows once again the danger An Garda Síochána often faces in their efforts to protect and serve the people.

“We should always be very grateful for all the work that they do on our behalf every day.”

The attacker is believed to have opened fire from his window in West Dublin, as a family member was understood to have been held hostage.

A relative is believed to have arrived at the scene in an attempt to end the confrontation and retrieve the weapon, while specialist negotiators pleaded with the suspect for two hours.

Both Gardai are receiving medical treatment at Connolly Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

The Garda Commissioner and Acting Minister of Justice have praised the brave officers who responded after two Gardai were injured.

Harris said: “I want to congratulate all the Gardaí involved in ensuring a successful outcome for this firearms incident.

“In particular, the bravery of the two detectives who were the first to arrive on the scene. This was another in a long list of Gardaí examples who took risks to keep people safe. I want to wish them a speedy recovery.”

Minister Heather Humphreys also praised the officers and urged anyone with information to contact the Blanchardstown Garda station.

She said: “My thoughts go out to the two An Garda Síochána members who were injured while responding to an incident in Blanchardstown tonight, and to their families.

“I have been in contact with the Garda Commissioner tonight and I am relieved to learn that the situation was resolved after negotiation. I want to congratulate all the Gardaí who participated in ensuring that there were no more injuries.

“Shocking incidents like this remind us of the dangers faced by the men and women of An Garda Síochána every day. We can never take their courage and dedicated service to our communities for granted.

“We must always remember that by wearing the uniform and serving the Irish people, they put our protection and their duty to the state above their own safety.

“An investigation into the incident is underway and I urge any member of the public with any information or footage to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station.”

Via | Dublin live