Gardai were paid a total of €6.7m in compensation for assault settlements, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information At have revealed. Soft tissue injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and back injuries were among the most common injuries claimed for, according to the documents.
All of the 121 cases were made for malicious acts taken against Gardai and include three cases of Garda suffering from depression after being threatened with a shotgun, one of a Garda being hit in the head with a bottle, and six where Garda were bitten by humans. The second highest payment to a Garda was recorded during the year — €790,000 for back injuries and post-traumatic stress suffered after an assault. The largest ever — €990,000 – was made to a Garda in 2008 who was shot in the knee.