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Serving garda appears in court charged over breach of Covid restrictions and being drunk in public after attending party10 May 2021, 19:55
Updated: 10 May 2021, 19:55
A SERVING garda has appeared in court charged over a breach of Covid restrictions and being drunk in public after attending a party.
Garda Aoife Moore, 27, from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, was before Dungarvan District Court this morning and pleaded guilty to being intoxicated in public and a breach of the new Covid-19 legislation.
Gardai were called to a house last June 6 at around 11.30pm in Cluain Na Greine, Dungarvan, following reports of an altercation. Revellers were celebrating Moore’s birthday and she identified herself as a serving garda.
Officers noticed that a resident at the house was injured but it was denied this was connected to the reports of the prior altercation and gardai left.
But they returned at around 5am when Moore had summoned an ambulance for her injured pal.
Inspector Stephen Murphy outlined to the court how, at this point, gardai felt Moore was “highly intoxicated” and “unsteady” on her feet.
Insp Murphy said she tried to enter the ambulance with her friend, but “nearly fell out of the back”.
Gardai told her she needed to exit the ambulance due to Covid restrictions and then decided that she posed a danger to herself and arrested her under Section 4 of the Public Order Act.
After the defence had raised likely “consequences for her professional status”, Judge Terence Finn said he would consider the Covid breach in a “lenient way” but also had to keep in mind that, as a garda, she has obligations that are “much more” than members of the public.
He said he would not impose a jail sentence but needed time to reflect on the case and adjourned it to June 2.
Barrister Donnchadh Morgan told the court that the defendant had come to Ireland in recent years after living in America with her family, and was determined to become a garda.
Following the incident, she apologised to the Dungarvan station the next evening. He added that Ms Moore has no previous convictions and has not drank alcohol since the night in question, undergoing over 30 sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy and joining Alcoholics Anonymous.