Garda Eoin Cox who was severely assault on Sunday morning was in his uniform and was clearly identifiable as a garda on duty.
His father Brian said: “If Eoin’s Garda colleagues had not arrived so quickly and intervened we dread to think what injuries he would have sustained.”
He revealed that his father, John, who is Eoin’s grandfather, was one of the first recruits in Ireland’s fledgling police force in 1922.
“I remember growing up in the Garda station in Howth, Co Dublin and it was a different world. Then the public had great respect for the Gardai.
“I remember my dad, on a bicycle, chasing after someone and ordering them to stop and they stopped.
“It’s very different now. Some people have lost all respect for the Gardai and really they have lost respect for themselves.
“Along with many parents, I was so proud when Eoin chose to become a Garda but what people don’t appreciate is the danger they place themselves in every single day.
“When our sons, brothers, husbands and friends, who are gardai go to work, we cannot be sure they will come home.
“The murders of gardai Adrian Donohoe and Tony Golden were a stark reminder to all of our families that gardai put their lives on the line every day to keep society safe for everyone.
Read to Irish Mirror – NO RESPECT FOR OUR GARDAI