'Car-surfing gardai' photo was posed by GAA team
A PHOTOGRAPH appearing to show female gardai hanging out of the windows of a patrol car, or 'car surfing', was posed as a harmless bit of fun, it emerged last night.
The "gardai" were members of the Galway women's minor football team, who were on their way home after winning the All-Ireland Championship in the summer of 2010.
The footballers spotted bonfire celebrations as they passed through Newbridge, near the Roscommon border, on their bus journey home.
The bus stopped and the girls got out to talk to the locals. They were given permission by a garda to pose for a photograph inside a stationary patrol car.
Since then the image has been circulating on social media sites and led to demands on RTE's 'Liveline' that disciplinary action be taken against the "gardai".
However, officers revealed last night that nobody's life had been put at risk and the incident was part of local festivities.