Longford based garda awarded over €100,000 in case following Dublin gang assault

A Longford based Garda has been awarded over €100,000 damages for injuries received following an assault from associates of a Dublin crime gang.

Amanda Lynch was one of three gardaí attacked at an incident in Foster Avenue, Cabra, Dublin, on November 30, 2007.



Dublin’s High court this week heard Gda Lynch, and another garda, together with a trainee, had been called out to deal with an incident on Foster Avenue almost ten years ago.

After arriving at the scene, a number of assailants, who were linked to a local crime family, attacked her and her two colleagues.

Paul McGarry, representing Gda Lynch, said she suffered injuries to her neck, head, face and stomach, and suffered psychological injuries and developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder..

Gda Lynch, now stationed in the Longford county area, explained to Judge Barton she was assisting in the arrest of a man when two others came out of a house and joined their friend in an attack on them.

She had drawn her extendable baton and told them to stand back when she was attacked. However, her baton was wrenched from her and she was punched and kicked around her head and face and kicked in the stomach.

The court heard Gda Lynch spent 17 hours in the Mater Hospital following the incident.

The mother of one said she had later received information from the State that a threat had been made against her life and later, for her own safety, she requested a transfer.

Judge Barton said Gda Lynch had not made a big deal about her physical injuries and had minimised her psychiatric injuries, but she had suffered a great deal of stress and her family and social life had been significantly affected.

The judge awarded her €85,000 compensation and €19,853 special damages.