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Commissioner needs to clarify incident involving PSNI vehicle at Garda HQ

7 April, 2019 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said the Garda Commissioner needs to clarify the circumstances surrounding an incident that seen an unmarked PSNI vehicle damaged at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park.

Speaking today Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;

“Yesterday we heard reports of an unmarked PSNI vehicle damaged by a security barrier at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park.

“Commissioner Harris was a passenger in the vehicle.

“My understanding is that, contrary to standard procedure, commissioner Harris did not change between PSNI and Garda vehicles at the border and continued to Dublin from the North in the PSNI vehicle.

“This raises a series of questions about why standard procedure was abandoned, whether the Gardaí on duty at the Phoenix Park were informed of this and if not, why not?

“The Garda Commissioner, when he is travelling in the South, should be travelling in Garda vehicles and we need to know why he wasn’t on this occasion.

“Any security issue such as this at Garda Headquarters is a cause for serious concern.

““I would call on him to immediately make a statement and clarify this matter.”


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