Sunday 11 December 2016

Gardaí must keep above referendum campaign

Published 21/04/2015 | 02:30

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)

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.

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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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