It in a shocking story emerging from Galway this past weekend, the Western city’s mayor Niall McNeilus took a bad punch to the jaw while trying to defend a woman who was being attacked by a man.
The mayor stepped in when he saw a woman being attacked by a man outside the Wolfe Tone Bridge in the city centre on Friday evening.
It’s understood that the young woman was not seriously injured either but a man was arrested and gardai in Galway said that a file is being sent to the DPP.
One of the most shocking parts of the story is that no one helped at all, they just took out their phones and filmed the incident.
According to the Mirror, Niall McNeilus said of the incident:
“There were a lot of people in the area as usual on a Friday evening. I was just after coming out of a meeting when I saw the man abusing and attacking the young woman,”.
“I told the guy to back off but he struck out and hit me a punch to the jaw. There were a lot of people there but nobody else intervened apart from one woman who rang the gardai and they were on the scene within minutes.
“Galway is a safe place but, likely anywhere else, there will be isolated incidents.
“But what shocked me is nobody else came to the young woman’s assistance and nobody else intervened when I was assaulted.
“Instead several people, including some men, took out their phones and started filming. I couldn’t believe it.
“That young woman could be anyone’s daughter, sister, partner or whatever and not only did nobody come to her assistance but they started filming it on their phones. I was astonished, I would have hoped for more civic spirit and that somebody in difficulty would be assisted,” he said.