What’s Your Emergency? [Updated]


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This afternoon.

Policing Authority.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is responding to an opening address on 999 cancellations by Bob Collins, chairman of the Police Authority.

Commissioner Harris provided the following data:

CAD = Computer Aided Dispatch system.

DVSA = Domestic Violence Sexual Assault.


This afternoon.


Garda Commissioner Drew Harris

This morning.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris

The Garda Commissioner is to appear before the Policing Authority at 3pm to explain the failure of gardaí to properly respond to 999 emergency calls for assistance in 2019 and 2020.


An internal inquiry led by an Assistant Commissioner into the handling of these priority calls has found that in hundreds of cases gardaí cancelled calls before there was an appropriate policing response.

The inquiry which is ongoing is focussed on domestic violence calls

Drew Harris has acknowledged that there was a practice of cancelling calls, which meant people seeking help from An Garda Síochána did not receive the policing service they should have.

Harris before Policing Authority after domestic abuse 999 calls unanswered (RTÉ)

Previously: Thousands of domestic violence 999 calls got no response from gardai (Sunday Times, June 12)


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14 thoughts on “What’s Your Emergency? [Updated]

  1. Liam Deliverance

    A disgrace, but the Gardai disgrace themselves week in and week out. Time for Drew Harris to move on and we take a chance with the next one.

  2. gallantman

    When you are trying to choreograph a Tiktok dance challenge and the bloody phone won’t stop ringing

  3. GiggidyGoo

    “Drew Harris has acknowledged that there was a practice of cancelling calls, which meant people seeking help from An Garda Síochána did not receive the policing service they should have.” ‘A practice’ – similar to the practice of cancelling penalty points?

    That alone should see the departure of Harris. Why? Because it happened on his watch – not historic. Maybe Jeffrey Donaldson can give him a job in NI.

    1. Paul

      It is going back many years. I called 999 for a serious assault that I witnessed in Dame Street in 2014 which left a bar worker on his way home from work with blood streaming from his face. I followed the perpetrator while on phone to 999 and they never attended.

  4. Verbatim

    Women again get second-class treatment by the male-dominated world.
    Frontpage of the Examiner – Women afraid to ask for help in alcohol or drug treatment, afraid of losing their kids so they all suffer and it’s a never-ending circle.
    Maybe one reason why the Impact report showed the numbers of abused going up, women turned to the Gardai for protection but there isn’t any. (https://www.broadsheet.ie/?s=Impact)
    If this is anything to go by, two Gardai sauntering up O’Connell’s street, hands in pockets 20 minutes after a fight breaks out (https://www.broadsheet.ie/2021/06/22/help-is-here-3/).
    So many articles and comments on transgender topics but very little in support for Mrs. and Ms. down the road from you.
    At the end of the day, it has to be said opinions are cheap.

  5. Can a Da?

    Sure maybe most of these calls were from indigenous natives or from second-class citizens who were asking for it anyway? (Note to Papi – this is sarcasm)

  6. Toodles

    Drew Harris is turning out to be a bit of a disappointment, I would have expected more open discussion of the obvious issues with the Gardai, and more obvious and transparent reform.

  7. gringo

    Giving that job to an RUC/MI5 agent is probably not the smartest thing Charlie Tanagain ever did. Answering calls about domestic abuse is well down his list of priorities.

  8. Chris

    If you have a small amount of drugs, run late on your car tax or make a statement in public, the Guards are your reckoning. If you’re a gangland boss they have a special task force and a special court for you and your lackeys, of course only after being given a couple of decades to reign fear and misery on society and profiting while they try and mount up some evidence. Shooting fish in barrels and far too busy for societal crimes or protection of citizens.

  9. Panty Christ

    Needs reform from the bottom up starting with the education of its recruits. It should be a service not a force with an emphasis on client or customer satisfaction.

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