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Pair appear in court charged with assault on garda officers in Dublin

Two garda officers were injured after responding to an incident in the Ballyfermot Road area of Dublin in the early hours of yesterday
Staff Reporter

TWO men have appeared in court in Dublin charged in connection with an incident at a bar in which two garda officers were injured.

Stephen Byrne (35), from Ballyfermot Avenue in the city, and Anthony Grogan (54) from Cherry Orchard Park, were both charged with two counts of assaulting a garda officer and one count of violent disorder.

The charges relate to an incident at licensed premises in the Ballyfermot Road area in the early hours of yesterday in which two officers were injured.

It is alleged the officers, a man and a woman, were assaulted after responding to a public order incident.

Both were treated in hospital but have since been discharged.

The two accused appeared before Dublin District Court today, where it was described how upon being charged both men made no reply after caution.

The pair had been arrested at the scene of the alleged assaults, and the court heard how the incident had been captured on CCTV.

It was explained how charges of assaulting a garda could see a maximum sentence imposed of five years, with a maximum of ten years for violent disorder.

A garda officer giving evidence told the court how the incident could have potentially "life altering" consequences for his colleagues.

The garda objected to bail for the accused, but Judge Paula Murphy remanded Mr Grogan in custody with consent to bail of €10,000.

If taken, he must surrender his passport, sign daily at a garda station and observe a curfew.

His solicitor told the court that he would be unlikely to be able to raise the bail money, and he was remanded with consent to bail to appear before Cloverhill District Court next week.

Mr Byrne was also remanded into custody with consent to bail of €6,000, with an independent surety of €10,000.

His solicitor also said he would be unable to raise bail money, and he will appear before Cloverhill District Court today.

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