Tag Archives: An Garda Síochána

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Yesterday: Hold Firm



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Incidents of spitting and the use of anti-spit hoods (top) as used by An Garda Síochána

This afternoon.

Ahead of a report by the Policing Board of Northern Ireland on the PSNI’s use of spit hoods expected at Midnight…

Via RTÉ:

…Gardaí have used anti-spit hoods 118 times while policing during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from the Policing Authority.

The hoods, the use of which has been criticised by both the Authority and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, have been used 100 times on males, 18 times on females and six times on children.

They have been deployed mainly in Dublin (on 51 occasions) and mostly during assaults and public order incidents – 54 times for public order offences and 34 times during an assault.

In 79 cases, the person appeared to be intoxicated, while in 16 cases the detainee was believed to have a mental health issue. In one case, the person was perceived to have “obvious signs of a learning disability“.

Report in full here

Policing Authority report finds strong compliance with virus restrictions (RTÉ)

This morning.

O’Connell Bridge, Dublin 1.

Gardai checking that motorists are compliant with Level 5 restrictions, and not making unnecessary journeys.

Take that, rona.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


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UK’s Talk Radio

Leandra Ashton, who was arrested after taking her mother from a care home before England entered a second lockdown, speaks to Julia Hartley-Brewer.

This morning.

The bodies of a woman and two children have been discovered in a house in the Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer, Dublin.

Gardaí forced their way into the house and found a woman, believed to be a mother, and two children, a boy and a girl aged between six and 11.

Via Irish Times:

“Gardaí are currently at the scene of an incident at a residential property in south Dublin where the bodies of two children and an adult have been discovered. There is no further information available at this time,” Garda Headquarters said in a statement.

Mother and two children found dead at south Dublin house (irish Times)

Bodies of woman and two children found in Dublin house (RTÉ)

Earlier: How Community Heals




This morning.

At the Convention Centre, the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee spoke during the second stage debat on the Health (Amendement) Bill 2020 and told the Dail that the intention of everyone in the Dàil is to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

She then spoke about the new Garda powers and fines that are being deployed during Level 5 lockdown, saying:

“Covid-19 remains a very real threat to all of us and, in particular, to our most vulnerable citizens. It is a critical time for our country and we have a responsibility to comply with public health guidelines and the regulations for the good of everybody.

“While the vast majority of people continue to comply with restrictions, it is very clear that too many people are acting in a manner which enables the transmission of the virus and therefore additional measures are needed. The fixed charge system being proposed will help, we hope, to change behaviour.

“This is important to note however that the Government’s objective here is not to catch people, it’s not to fine people who are adhering to guidelines or even those who make mistakes because we all make mistakes.

“The objective is to prevent the kind of behaviour that endangers others. We do not want to see large numbers of fines issued for non-compliance.

“Even with these new enforcement powers, An Garda Siochana will continue to comply with the policing policy which has earned the support of the vast majority of the public during the pandemic…

“…The new fixed penalty notices will allow for a more proportionate system of fines. The legislation before the House today will also make it an offence to organise an event in a private home such as a house party that is in breach of public health regulations. However, as we’ve outlined, An Garda Siochana will not be given any extra powers of entry into a private dwelling. It is presumed that the occupier of the home in which the event is taking place, is the organiser unless it is proven otherwise.

“An Garda Siochana will also have additional powers to give direction in relation to events in private homes. These are firstly the powers to direct someone who is intending to enter a dwelling for the purpose of attending an event organised in contravention of the public health regulations or someone who is about to enter a dwelling for that purpose, who is attempting to enter the dwelling for that purpose, they will be asked to leave the vicinity in a peaceful and orderly manner.

If a member of An Garda Siochana suspects that an event in breach of the public health regulations is taking place in a private dwelling, he/she may direct the occupier to require and cause all those attending the event to leave the home or venue unless they are resident in the home.

“For the purpose of issuing such a direction, a member of An Garda Siochana may attend at the main entrance to the event and require the occupier to provide their name. A person who fails to comply with a direction from a member of An Garda Siochana commits the offence and is liable on summary conviction of a fine not exceeding €1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month. They may appeal the conviction against the sentence to the circuit court.

“….Operation Fanacht is focused on supporting public compliance with these public health measures, the Garda Commissioner has announced that there will be continued high-visibility patrolling by Garda members across the country. Again the focus here is not to try and catch people out, to penalise them, it’s to encourage people to adhere to the public health measures.

“Gardai will continue checkpoints on main routes. In recent weeks that has involved 132 large-scale checkpoints a day on main arterial routes around the country. In addition, thousands of mobile checkpoints a week on secondary routes and towns and villages and they will continue to be high visibility.”

Earlier: For Your Own Safety


This morning.

Garda HQ, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris outlining An Garda Síochána’s policing plan to support Level 5 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

This evening.

Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

An anti-lockdown protest turns violent as protestors, who had marched from O’Connell Street, via the East Wall, are arrested by Gardai.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


This evening.

Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

Expecting trouble?

Pic by Nick

Earlier: The Distance Between

This morning.

Phoenix Park, Dublin.





Oh dear.

Garda operation begins to support Covid restrictions (RTÉ)