Rank and file Gardai are calling for a mandatory prison sentence for assaulting members of the force.
Around 150 delagates, representing 10,500 GRA members, are gathered in Galway for their annual conference.
Local GRA Rep Tom Finnan says a Garda had to go to hospital for tests after being assaulted just this week in Tipp Town.
He told Tipp Today how a colleague had blood spat into his face last Thursday night while carrying out his duties.
Tom says people don’t realise the dangers Gardai face on a daily basis and there should be a fitting punishment when a member of the force is assaulted.