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Garda Mick Dunne, Insp. Syl Hippwell, Insp. Sean Clince, Garda Deirdre Coen, Garda Christian Dorneanu, Garda Sinead Byrne, Garda Mary Kennedy, Garda Ursula Hayes and Sgt. Colm Matthews.

Garda Mick Dunne, Insp. Syl Hippwell, Insp. Sean Clince, Garda Deirdre Coen, Garda Christian Dorneanu, Garda Sinead Byrne, Garda Mary Kennedy, Garda Ursula Hayes and Sgt. Colm Matthews.

Garda Cathal Dunne and Garda Pierce O'Donoghue pictured outside Gorey Garda Station with the new Garda uniform on Monday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Garda Cathal Dunne and Garda Pierce O'Donoghue pictured outside Gorey Garda Station with the new Garda uniform on Monday. Pic: Jim Campbell

Gardaí in Wexford Garda Station pose with their new uniforms. (Pic: Wexford Garda Division)

Gardaí in Wexford Garda Station pose with their new uniforms. (Pic: Wexford Garda Division)

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Garda Mick Dunne, Insp. Syl Hippwell, Insp. Sean Clince, Garda Deirdre Coen, Garda Christian Dorneanu, Garda Sinead Byrne, Garda Mary Kennedy, Garda Ursula Hayes and Sgt. Colm Matthews.

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IT’S a case of out with the old and in with the new for the gardaí across County Wexford this week as the force nationwide turned out in their new uniforms.

For only the third time in the history of the state the outfit of the country’s police force has changed with the new outfit becoming operational on Monday morning at 7 a.m.

In excess of 13,000 uniforms were delivered to gardaí across the country since February and every member of the force has been kitted out with the new uniform.

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The rollout involved in excess of 560 garda stations nationwide.

While this week marks just the third time that the force has changed its uniform it also comes into effect in what is the centenary year of the founding of the force.

The new uniform came about as a direct result of the internal Garda Cultural Audit 2018, which revealed a desire for front-line gardaí to have a new, practical uniform.

The new uniforms are comprised of a two-tone, soft shell jacket and two-tone waterproof jacket along with a blue polo shirt and operational trousers.

It's also the first time that elements other than the garda cap will feature the garda crest.


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