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Thursday 22 February 2018

WATCH: Garda car filmed waking sleeping homeless people in city centre

Exclusive footage shows garda car waking homeless people

The footage was shot outside Arnotts on Dublin's Henry Street
The footage was shot outside Arnotts on Dublin's Henry Street

Rebecca Lumley

A Garda car drove down Dublin’s Henry Street this morning waking homeless people.

Video footage which captured the scene shows the garda car blow the horn a number of times and point the bonnet of the car in the direction of the two homeless people.

The people, who are pictured lying out on one the city's busiest shopping streets, are woken after a few seconds.

When it becomes apparent that they are sitting up the garda car drives away in the direction of O’Connell Street.

The footage was filmed outside upmarket department store Arnotts, where two people were sleeping in blue sleeping bags.

A witness told "They woke at least four people. One guy in particular they blasted the sirens at because the horn didn't seem to wake him.

"Once they woke up they would drive on to the next one. I'm in the city centre a lot but have never seen it happen before, I was shocked.

"Other people on the street seemed to be as shocked as me. Surely the guards have better things to be worried about than sleeping homeless people.

"I was outraged at what I saw," he added. has contacted the garda press office for comment on the incident.

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