Tag Archives: An Garda Síochána

Last night.

Some reaction to Garda Commissioner and former RUC Assistant Commissioner Drew Harris’s fleeting appearance (above right) in Unquiet Graves: The story of the Glenanne Gang, which was broadcast on RTÉ One.

The documentary details how rogue members of the RUC and UDR were centrally involved in the murder of the innocent civilians during the conflict in Northern Ireland.

It  claimed state collusion facilitated the actions of known sectarian murderers in the killings of civilians in a campaign that was aimed at terrorising the most vulnerable in society.

Unquiet Graves (RTÉ)

This afternoon.

Activist Izzy Kamikaze says she will not speak to gardai investigating an incident on Saturday on the outskirts of a rally against covid restrictions outside Dail Eireann until she sees a garda ‘Investigation actually exist” or when an “arrest has been made”.

Saturday: We Will Not Be Muzzled


This morning.

Madison Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

A murder investigation is under way following the death of a homeless man in Dublin in the early hours of this morning.

A 16-year-old boy is being questioned in connection with the incident.

Gardaí are still trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the death of the man in Kilmainham.

It is understood the victim, who was in his 40s, was attacked and his phone stolen on a laneway off Madison Road before 1.30am.

Teenager arrested over death of homeless man in Dublin (RTÉ)

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

From top: Rally against rona restrictions at Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 last month; Minister for Justice Helen McEntee

This morning.

Radio One’s Today with Claire Byrne.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee spoke to Claire Byrne about the new powers given to gardai.

She said the Criminal Justice Enforcement Power bill will ensure gardaí have the powers they need to “act swiftly” to deal with pubs who have breached Covid-19 regulations.

But, the host asked. what about protests?

Not all protests (this being RTÉ).

Specifically ‘anti-mask’ protests.

Claire Byrne: “How do you police those protests now because people are allowed to protest, as they always have been. But if you are protesting, in a large gathering now, with no face coverings. What is the Garda role in those situations?”

Helen McEntee: “Well, I think, I mean it is very difficult and obviously, the gardai, this isn’t the first instance where we have had large protests or where we have people gathering and whether or not wearing face coverings. Now the face coverings, it’s obviously very clear that it’s mandatory when you’re in public transport, when you’re in shops and we’re advising people to wear them outdoors and for the vast majority of times, particularly where they’re in large gatherings, there are public order offences, that gardai can again use at their behest…”

Byrne: “If you’re outside at at an anti-mask protest, you don’t have to wear one but you shouldn’t be at a large gathering?”

McEntee: “You shouldn’t be at a large gathering, no. And I mean we’re very clear with that. There shouldn’t be any large gatherings. What we’ve introduced now though, and which is a penal provision, is where there are large gatherings of over 15 people. So that hadn’t been the case up until Friday where we introduced these new, and where the minister fined into regulations anybody organising, so it’s not the people who are attending, anybody organising an event where there are over 15 people, in an outdoor setting, can face prosecution and can be fined up to the €2,500 or face a prison term.”

Later asked if it should be made mandatory for gardai to wear facemasks at checkpoints, when they lean into people’s cars, Ms McEntee said:

“This is an operational matter and I suppose this is something that the Garda Commissioner and his team would advise on so it’s really not something for me to get involved in. I do think, and if you look at even, even if you see two guards in a car, you often see them wearing face coverings because they’re clearly from two different households. I think in the vast majority of cases, gardai are wearing them but again that’s very much an operational matter.”

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From top: Graiguecullen Bridge, Carlow; Letter in The Carlow Nationalist praising local Gardai Rachel Boyd, Sean Dunne, Sean Raftery and ‘Custody Sgt Kelly’

Antoinette writes:

To the person who wrote this letter, I hope you are doing OK and thank you for the brave letter outlining how members of An Garda Síochána helped you last weekend. These incidents are difficult for everyone involved…

The Carlow Nationalist

Top pic via MyCarlow

Shoppers who refuse to wear face coverings from today will face fines of up to €2,500 and a prison stint under new coronavirus rules.

Retailers are to encourage the use of masks while shopping in the first instance, but gardaí can be called as a last resort.

The mandatory wearing of masks in shopping centres and other places, such as libraries and bingo halls, comes as counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois remain under strict coronavirus restrictions.

The department confirmed the penalty for not wearing a face covering is €2,500 and/or six months in prison

€2,500 fine or six months in jail for not wearing a mask in shops (Independent.ie)

Sense Check writes:

This does not really follow the Gardai‘s tradition of policing by consent. In fact, the tone here is getting quite draconian and authoritarian. Masks wont stamp out this disease anyway, they only *might* delay spread. We have enough hospital capacity.

So what’s the point of this?




Recognise her?

Via An Garda Síochána:

Please share and hopefully we can get this girl back to her home.

Looks like she was stolen, possibly from the Leinster Area and was found in Mallow, County Cork.

Following a report from Dublin that dogs had been stolen, an operation was put in place in Mallow yesterday.

Two cocker spaniel dogs were recovered and seized by Gardai. Both dogs were scanned and one dog was positively identified and returned to owner. This one was not microchipped and we are trying to get her home.

No arrests have been made but Gardaì are following a definite line of inquiry.

She is currently being cared for in a local guard’s home and the owner should contact Mallow Garda Station on (022) 31450.


Thanks Bebe