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Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2




This morning.

South Dublin County Council tweetz:

We had an issue yesterday at one of our playgrounds where people had clearly taken down our closure signage and brought their kids in. Simply put, don’t do this and we will notify An Garda Síochána if we see this happening. Social Distancing is as important now as it has ever been.

Lock up your children.

Gardaí are to be issued with 16,000 “spit hoods” to place over suspects’ faces

This morning.

The Irish Times reports:

The plastic devices have been criticised by human rights groups in the UK – where they are widely deployed by police forces – as dangerous and degrading.

The Garda has ordered 16,000 spit hoods, which cover the entire face of the detainee and stops them spitting at, coughing on or biting officers.


Coronavirus: Gardaí to receive controversial ‘spit hoods’ during crisis ( The Irish Times)

Yesterday: Phlegm Of Fury

Pic: Hampshire Constabulary

From top: Some of the 319 newly attested members of An Garda Síochána in Templemore last week; Minister for Health Simon Harris

This afternoon.

RTÉ’s Crime Correspondent Paul Reynolds told Áine Lawlor on RTÉ’s News At One that gardai have been dispersing groups of people.

He told Ms Lawlor:

“In Dungarvan [Co Waterford], at 7.30pm on Monday night, the gardai went to a green area to break up a football game. There was about ten young people involved. One became verbally aggressive and then he coughed in the garda’s direction.

He was arrested, detained, released without charge but there’s an investigation under way. Yesterday, in Dun Laoghaire, at about 4.40pm, the gardai got a call that there was a group of youths involved in anti-social behaviour. They were directed to disperse and then one was arrested.

“Also at 5pm yesterday, the gardai were called to Maypark in Donnycarney [Dublin] where there was a large gathering. Up to 100 young people, the public order unit, which was only established a week ago, was called in.

“They were supported by gardai from Clontarf, Raheny and Ballymun. The crowd dispersed, they ran in all directions. No one was arrested.

But gardai say they’re now enforcing the new regulations, they’re actively intervening. Those who resist, cough or spit are being arrested. They say this activity could amount to an offence against the Public Order Act or the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

“And, as you said yourself, the Minister for Health [Simon Harris] said this morning that he too was a victim of such an activity where a man and a woman came up and deliberately coughed at him and ran off, laughing.”

Mr Reynolds also spoke about social media “again causing problems”.

He said:

“First of all, there are a lot of young people trying to show off, thinking they’re being clever but really doing, quite frankly, stupid and dangerous things and posting them on social media. They’re gathering in groups, they’re dancing together.

“In one video, I saw, and I don’t think it’s from this country, a young girl licks a toilet seat. Now these videos are being widely circulated. Obviously, the message is that these are not to act as encouragement for anybody.

Also, people are WhatsApping and recirculating scare stories on social media. There are stories circulating of a baby being coughed at in Galway, a nurse in Dublin, a group in Bray pulling masks off older people and deliberately coughing at them.

“Now these are frightening and disturbing but the gardai say they have no received any formal reports or complaints about these incidents so these have not been verified and the gardai are asking people within information on anything like this to contact them, not to recirculate these allegations on social media but to report it directly to them.

“They say they will treat these allegations seriously, if people report them, directly to them. They will investigate them and prosecute if necessary.

“And the gardai also said in a statement this lunchtime that it’s clear public information messages are required at this time and they’ve asked the media not to inadvertently propagate social media myths or fake news at this time.”


Yesterday: Tough On Gatherings, Tough On The Causes Of Gatherings

Previously: Police Academy: Their First Assignment



This evening.

Garda Info tweetz:

You think you’re having a woof day? This pup was found lost in Crumlin village by a member of the public.

It’s currently in Crumlin Garda Station keeping everyone entertained. If you own it please contact Crumlin Garda Station. Proof of ownership required.



Also: breed?

Garda passing out parade in Templemore in 2016

Sorcha Pollock, in The Irish Times, reports:

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has called for a review of the “excessive” bleep tests used by An Garda Síochána as part of its fitness training for recruits.

The bleep test, which sees participants do a series of 20m shuttle runs between two points within a specified period of time, forms part of the force’s overall fitness test for trainees and probationers, which also includes press-ups, sit-ups and push/pull strength tests.

It is understood, according to a report first carried by The Star, that a garda was recently dismissed after failing the bleep test, while another 15 officers under probation were served with warnings after failing the test on two occasions.


Garda body criticises ‘excessive’ bleep tests for recruits (The Irish Times)

Related: The Physical Test – Requirements for An Garda Síochana


This morning.

The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, assisted by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, are conducting searches at seven premises in counties Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Westmeath and Kilkenny.

Via Garda Press Office:

‘The searches are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by members of The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation into offences of deception pursuant to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act, 2001 surrounding fraudulent practices regarding tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter in this jurisdiction.

Premises searched in horse meat for export investigation  (RTE)


This afternoon.

On RTÉ’s News at One.

RTÉ’s Crime Correspondent Paul Reynolds reported that two senior members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors are not attending the group’s annual conference which began in Cavan today.

Mr Reynolds said the decision of AGSI’s vice president Paul Wallace and its deputy general secretary Antoinette Cunningham not to attend followed the news that one of its members if being investigated by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

He told Claire Byrne on RTÉ’s News At One:

“The allegation is that the member engaged in prohibitive spare time activities – specifically, engaged in outside security work, which is not permitted under the Garda code.

“Two protected disclosures have been put in, in relation to this. It’s being investigated by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

“And the allegation also contains claims that false alarms were set off at a business and these were responded to by gardaí, in squad cars, patrol cars, in emergency fashion, with sirens blaring and lights flashing.

“And then these false alarms were then reported on the Garda PULSE system. So all this is being investigated by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.”

Later, the AGSI’s general secretary John Jacob told Ms Byrne:

“The association issued a press release last night in relation to this matter and they said that they haven’t been formally informed that an investigation of any sort is taking place and that the person involved has not been formally notified of an investigation taking place. But we have to believe the media reports when they say that one is taking place.”

“…The association does not know the details of the allegation.”

Mr Jacob also said the AGSI does not know who the allegation allegedly concerns.


Two senior AGSI members opt out of conference (RTE)

Masked gardai assist the removal of protestors from North Frederick Street

Following on from Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan telling Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One yesterday morning that he would support legislation to outlaw photographing on-duty gardai

Aidan O’Brien, who filmed a Reclaim The Streets protest in Dublin in 2002, recalls…

Related: Garda who hit man’s head with baton is now an expert adviser on ethics (The Irish Sun)

Previously: Never Mind The Balaclavas

Nothing To Hear Here

According to the source of the top pic, the Greater Manchester Police van was due to be auctioned in 2014.


Pics: Flickr and Jack Power

Earlier: ‘How Can You Justify These Actions?’

Yesterday: What’s Going On Here?

Related: Van used by masked men to secure Dublin property not taxed since 2014 (Jack Power, The Irish Times)

Rialto Youth Project in Rialto, Dublin 8

Cónall Thomas, in the Dublin Inquirer, writes:

Over four years, Fiona Whelan gathered stories from young people in Rialto in answer to the request: talk about a moment in your life when you felt powerful or powerless.

Many of the 60 anonymous accounts she collected had one thing in common: they touched on encounters with gardaí.

“I’d say I get stopped 20 times a month. 20 times a month just for walking around,” wrote one young man from Rialto. “I’d be walking, a Garda car would see me and stop and ask me where I’m going.”

As the project snowballed and interest grew, Whelan, an artist in residence at the Rialto Youth Project, and Jim Lawlor, the manager there, worked it into something practical: two modules that could be taught to gardaí during their training – to help them work better with children in the neighbourhood and further afield.

But while it looked for a while as if the modules might be taken up, almost a decade on they are still pushing for that to happen

Gardaí need better training on how to handle kids in the inner-city, some say (Cónal Thomas, Dublin Inquirer)

Rialto Youth Project