Stop That Float


 Casiisland, County Kerry St Patrick’s Day Parade

Via Radio Kerry:

Gardaí are investigating the use of a garda uniform which appeared on a float which took part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Castleisland, County Kerry.

Under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, it’s an offence if a person, whether a garda or not, has in their possession any article of garda uniform or equipment supplied to an officer and who isn’t able to satisfactorily account for possessing it.

Dan Lynch from Pound Road, Castleisland, who created the float, confirmed the hat and hi-vis jacket were part of garda uniform but would not state where he acquired them from.

The Garda Press Office says Tralee gardaí are investigating the matter and further developments will be reported in due course.

Gardaí investigate use of police uniform in Castleisland parade (Radio Kerry)

Thanks Jerry O’Sullivan

49 thoughts on “Stop That Float

  1. mildred st. meadowlark

    Well, they have made themselves an object of scorn to the people. Why would anyone respect the uniform when they know what it represents?

    1. Nigel

      I agree, but there are good reasons for coming down hard on people misusing the uniform. People might have thought this was an official Garda vee-hikle.

      1. Boj

        Ahem….it’s pronounced veh-hickle.
        Gardaí have amazing vocal abilities developed through hours of training at Templemore to pronounce 2 h’s back to back….it counts for 60% of their grade apparently.

          1. Frilly Keane

            ye’re all wrong

            tis a trailer
            with an unsecure load

            loads a points for it
            whoever pulls him in will reach their OTE for the year in one go

    2. Neilo

      I would hope the scorn isn’t entirely universal: still plenty of good polis out there even if the command structure is populated by two-legged weasels.

      1. realPolithicks

        Are there though, the ordinary cops on the beat who sees corrupt practices in the guards but say or do nothing about it are as much a part of the problem as those carrying out the corruption.

        1. Neilo

          Plenty of good coppers out there, diligent and even-handed in their dealings. Guilt by association doesn’t really do it for me.

      1. Boj

        Agreed. Put plenty of Guards on bikes in Dublin. Then we might see the civilian cyclists behaving for once. (how’s that?)

        1. Nigel

          If that works they could try putting them in cars to make motorists behave. (Now it should really kick off.)

        1. Bonkers

          saw one of them gathering dust in the motorcycle garage at the rere of Pearse St station a while back. Im guessing the other one ended up in the Chief Supers house, for the kidz like

        2. Mart

          If you walk down Pearse St, you know just after you cross by Doyles? By the noodle shop and the barbers on the right? Just before that is a lock up, it’s open some mornings. Look in the corner as you walk past and you’ll see a Segway sitting there. No idea why they don’t use them though.

          Edit: Beat me to it!

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            I was just coming to say exactly this!

            I bet they get great use out of it at the Xmas party.

          2. Boj

            All the ladies – every last one of em – call me “Segway”, Frilly? You just need to lean gently on me and I will take you there….nice and easy like. I’m fully adjustable too!

      1. Brother Barnabas

        well, you and I know that… but most of the rabble on here wouldn’t know a moccasin from a mary jane

        1. Neilo

          @BB: It simultaneously amuses and terrifies me that I know the difference too. How ’bout that local sports team?

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            Not a good source for that little gem of wisdom.

            Still I’ll take it. Because I agree.

          2. Neilo

            We are as one, so. Always but the finest footwear you can afford (never trainers unless you’re in the gym or running). Any repair costs will be more than offset by the ‘price per wear’.

  2. LeopoldGloom

    Quick to the defence of their good name. If only McCabe was so lucky to be have been treated with such seriousness.

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  3. Nigel

    Parade police
    Arrest this float
    It’s got a Garda hat
    And a vest hi-viz
    It’s like a really rude metaphor

  4. dylad

    There were fake police in our local parade too, chasing people dressed up as tinkers; that’s ‘the whest’ for you.

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