Latest: Calls for tougher laws after firework thrown at Dublin firefighter

Update 5.15pm: There have been calls for tougher laws to protect emergency services staff.

Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart has called for legislation to be introduced to crack down on those who attack frontline workers.

The Deputy was commenting following reports this morning of a dangerous incident in North Dublin where a fire officer suffered a perforated ear drum after a firework was thrown at him.

"Those working to protect the safety of ordinary citizens are not just a uniform, they are human. They have families and lives too and the public needs to act with respect. We need to teach our young people that same message, that those they are trying to harm could be their own loved one," said Deputy Lahart.

"Fianna Fáil previously introduced legislation to ensure that all those working on the front line are protected through The Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill 2012.

"The bill had provided for a minimum five-year prison term for anyone found guilty of a serious attack on frontline workers but it is clear that we need a further measures to deter anyone who threatens assault or causes harm to these staff.

"There can be no wavering in our support for frontline workers at high risk and working to protect those living in and visiting our city."

Earlier: Dublin Fire Brigade crews have reported 12 incidents of violence and aggression, with one fire officer suffering a perforated ear drum after a firework was thrown at him.

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In the past 24 hours, there have been 185 fire incidents across Dublin city alone, including a large warehouse fire in Drumcondra.

Dennis Keeley, Acting Chief Fire Officer, said: “We’ve had 12 reports of violence and aggression towards our crews, and this is just unacceptable. It’s unacceptable behavior.”

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