Monday 25 September 2017

Gardaí must keep above referendum campaign

It was a major error of judgment to involve members of An Garda Síochána, in their official role as police men and women, in the same-sex marriage referendum camp (Stock image)
It was a major error of judgment to involve members of An Garda Síochána, in their official role as police men and women, in the same-sex marriage referendum camp (Stock image)
Editorial

Editorial

It was a major error of judgment to involve members of An Garda Síochána, in their official role as police men and women, in the same-sex marriage referendum campaign.

We stress that no blame should attach to the individual garda, who has become embroiled in a controversy not of her making. An Garda has explained that a referendum event, ostensibly to boost voter registration, was held "in good faith" ahead of the vote on May 22.

However, it later emerged that this was run by the 'Yes' campaign and at the event retired Judge Catherine McGuinness signalled support for the 'Yes' side.

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