Public protest in Castlerea following incident in which local men were allegedly assaulted by a Garda

Upwards of 700 took part in the event.

Sligo News File.

Hundreds of people took part in a protest in Castlerea in support of local men whom it’s alleged were assaulted by a garda.

The Garda Press Office released a press statement on Thursday saying gardai were investigating a “public order incident” in the Rose Lawn area of the town on December 9th.

It’s understood that during the incident, which is said to have occurred at about 1 am, a garda and two men suffered injuries which needed hospital treatment.

Gardai were reportedly investigating a burglary and a break-in at the time.

Upwards of 800 marched in the protest organised by a local man who said those participating wanted to show their support for the two men and their families.

In keeping with procedure, garda management has referred the matter to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.