An investigation is under way after a member of the gardaí was assaulted in Athlone, Co Westmeath.

The female Garda officer was assaulted during the course of an arrest yesterday morning at 7am.

Three female youths - all in their teens - were arrested and taken to Athlone garda station.

They have since been released and a file is being prepared for the Garda Juvenile office and the DPP.

The officer sustained hand and facial injuries in the incident.

She was brought to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and has since been released.