Saturday 20 January 2018

Off-duty garda abused PSNI officers who arrested him in taxi row



AN off-duty Dublin garda made sectarian insults at PSNI officers who arrested him after he damaged a taxi during a drunken Christmas party, the Sunday Independent has learnt.

The incident is understood to have happened when gardai were on an overnight Christmas party in Belfast earlier this month. It is alleged one of the off-duty officers became very drunk and insulted a taxi driver, before kicking his car door causing damage.

The taxi driver alerted the PSNI, who arrested the garda, who was then taken to a city-centre police station.

It is claimed the off-duty garda abused the PSNI officers in Irish and called them "Orange c***s".

It is understood the PSNI did not charge the garda after he sobered up and agreed to pay damages to the taxi driver.

The PSNI declined to comment on the incident.

The incident comes after it emerged last week that three young Dublin gardai were allegedly involved in a drunken fight in Limerick after two of them tried to enter a house they thought was a brothel.

Two men, one living in the house, were injured in the incident and received hospital treatment. They have made complaints and a garda superintendent has been ordered to carry out an investigation. CCTV from Limerick city centre is being examined.

The three gardai are also being ordered to make statements about the incident in Catherine Street. They initially denied the allegations.

Older gardai were last week mortified by the latest damaging allegations involving members of the force.

A number expressed concern about the lax vetting when the force was rapidly expanded with the intake of 2,000 extra recruits in the 2004-2006 period at the direction of then Justice Minister Michael McDowell.

Senior sources said the intake was so rapid that proper vetting was not carried out in many cases and not at all in some cases. It later emerged that people had been recruited into the force with convictions for traffic, disorder and other offences.

All four gardai involved in the alleged drunken incidents are said to be part of the intake ordered under the then Fianna Fail-Progressive Democrats coalition.

Irish Independent

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