An off-duty Garda was assaulted by group of men over the weekend after he intervened in a suspected break-in on Glenalbyn Road, Stillorgan.

Travelling home from his shift at around 5pm on Saturday, the 27-year-old man approached three men who were acting suspiciously.

In a statement, the Gardai said the officer “blocked their path with his motorcycle after identifying himself as a garda. The males entered their vehicle and collided with the motorcycle, injuring the Garda.”

It is also understood that the men physically threatened the Garda before fleeing the scene.

The officer was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The garda spokesperson said no arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

Commenting on the incident, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Leas-Cathaoirleach and Independent Councillor, Deirdre Donnelly, said:

“This is truly frightening. The recent rise in crime, particularly burglaries, is alarming and I really believe that we need a stronger Garda presence in the community.

“I believe that the Gardai in the county are doing their best with the resources available to them but I feel that stricter legislation is needed in relation to serial offenders.

Fianna Fail councillor for Stillorgan, Donal Smith told Dublin Gazette: “I condemn any assault on any member of an Garda Siochana in the strongest possible terms.  

“Our communities are protected by the Gardai and we should always be mindful of the risks they must face to keep us safe. Any attack on any garda is an attack on society.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Equality said: The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, condemns unreservedly the attack that took place on a member of An Garda Siochana in Stillorgan last Saturday.

Gardai are conducting an investigation into this incident and the Minister would encourage anyone with information to contact An Garda Siochana to assist with their enquiries.

Gardai can be contacted by using the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666 111, which allows members of the public to report a crime anonymously.