The cell area of one of the biggest garda stations in the country remains in lockdown tonight as gardai awaited medical results to determine if three arrested men have Covid-19.
he situation means that over a dozen officers based at the affected stations – Kevin Street and Store Street Garda Stations are in self isolation after coming in contact with men who may have the deadly virus.
The officers had been dealing with three Brazilian men who had allegedly flown into the country illegally on a flight from Portugal.
One of the men was brought to Kevin Street while the other two were brought to Store Street.
Tonight it emerged that the cell area of Store Street had been declared “safe” after it was sterilised.
“The foreign prisoners were on the same flight but were not together,” a senior source said last night.
One Brazillian man was brought from Dublin Airport to Kevin Street District Garda Station after he attempted to gain entry into Ireland, in what is believed to be unlawful circumstances.
The man, who was brought in by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) has showed symptoms of the virus, leaving the entire area in shutdown.
He is in isolation while he awaits a coronavirus diagnostic test.
Around five gardai who interacted with the man are in self-isolation, as are the two guards who brought him to the garda station from the airport.
Prisoners cannot be brought into the areas with the suspected case of Covid-19, and there is a worry that others in the large station may have also been in contact with the virus
Meanwhile in a bizarre development in a northside Dublin garda station, a superintendent has issued a bulletin to gardai in the station saying that CCTV has been seized as part of an internal investigation into the disappearance of a “large quantity of anti-bacterial items.”
“These items were ordered in order that the members of this district would have the necessary protection they required to carry out their duties during this unprecedented time,” the superintendent said.
“I am now requesting that anyone who may have removed items from this order to anonymously return the items to the staff office so they can be distributed evenly among the station party for their protection,” the senior officer wrote.
Elsewhere, senior gardai say that a directive ordered by a superintendent based in the north west of the country has been “rescinded.”
The directive included a number of different bullet points as to how gardai should deal with the worsening pandemic.
It advised among other things that all checkpoints should be cancelled and that “only essential incidents are to be recorded on the Pulse” while 12 hour shifts were to be introduced.
“This directive has been rescinded – it was not deemed practicable,” a senior source said last night.
In a further twist it can also be revealed that all superintendents who were due to retire in the coming weeks and months have been asked by Garda HQ to stay in their jobs for the next three months so that the unprecedented pandemic situation can be policed in an appropriate way.