Somebody should Check the Numbers again, What about the Gardai who Fail, and Refuse to do their Duty??? Protect and Serve……

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Seven gardaí convicted of crimes during the pandemic, one for sexual assault

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December 08 2021 02:30 AM

Seven gardaí have been convicted of a crime during the pandemic, including two who are no longer serving members.

According to Garda records, one member was convicted of a sexual assault while another was found guilty of dangerous driving causing death.

One officer was convicted under Section 5 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, which deals with drunken driving.

Another was prosecuted and found guilty of offences under Section 31A of the Health Act and Section 4 of the Public Order Act.

Section 31A of the Health Act details the temporary restrictions introduced by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly during the Covid-19 crisis.

They covered a range of offences, including travelling outside the state without a reasonable excuse, organising house parties, and other breaches of public health measures.

A garda was also convicted under Section 52 of the Road Traffic Act, which deals with careless driving offences.

Another police officer was prosecuted under Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, which relates to driving while intoxicated.

A seventh garda was convicted under Section 56 of the Road Traffic Act 1961, which deals with driving without insurance.

An Garda Síochána refused to provide a gender breakdown of those convicted. It said the numbers involved were small and that providing such information could lead to identification of individual members of the force.

They also said details of the disciplinary action taken against the five still-serving members would not be released.

In a decision made under Freedom of Information legislation, they said it would be “unconscionable” for the organisation not to treat information relating to these disciplinary processes as confidential.

The seven convictions cover the period from June 2020 until the end of October this year.

Previously, the gardaí had released figures showing that 22 officers had been convicted of a crime in the period between January 2017 and the middle of 2020.

Those convictions included offences relating to drink-driving, misuse of drugs, sexual crime, and an offence under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

A Garda spokeswoman said: “The Garda Commissioner gives very serious consideration to all instances where members of An Garda Síochána are prosecuted and convicted. In the most serious instances, members are suspended from duty pending the outcome of an investigation or prosecution.”

The spokeswoman said several options were available for dealing with gardaí convicted in a criminal court, including legislation covering summary dismissal and other measures under their disciplinary regulations.

She added: “Garda Internal Affairs monitors all prosecutions involving members of An Garda Síochána who are being prosecuted in the courts.”

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