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IrelandDrink driving gardai may face automatic dismissal under new reforms

13:55  28 february  2019
13:55  28 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Drink driving gardai may face automatic dismissal under new reforms © An Garda Siochana Garda Commissioner Drew Harris Gardai caught drink driving will be automatically fired under stricter rules considered by Commissioner Drew Harris.

The garda chief wants to introduce tough reforms on those caught in serious breach of the rules.

Mr Harris believes the existing rules are not strict enough and hopes to introduce automatic dismissal for officers found to be flouting the law.

A source told the Irish Daily Mail: “The commissioner takes a very dim view of gardai being convicted of drink driving.

Drink driving gardai may face automatic dismissal under new reforms © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Mr Harris believes the existing rules are not strict enough

“At present, any garda convicted of this offence can face sanction up to and including dismissal after a disciplinary process.

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“But it is now under active consideration by Drew Harris to introduce an automatic dismissal for gardai convicted of drink-driving.”

Those convicted of drink driving after court proceedings have to go through a disciplinary investigation.

A chief superintendent examines the circumstances surrounding the case and each case is dealt with on its own merits.

While there are no figures available on the number of gardai convicted of drink driving recently, it is understood that many keep their jobs after the investigations are completed.

But not everyone is happy with Mr Harris’ approach to the issue.

Drink driving gardai may face automatic dismissal under new reforms © Getty alcohol breathalyzer

Another source said: “[Mr Harris] has made it clear he is willing to come down hard on his members.

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“We will accept it, but no-one wants their boss to take a hard line with them, no matter what your profession or what the issue it.”

The Garda Press Office said breaches of discipline are dealt with under 2007 regulations.

It said in a statement: “The Garda Siochana disciplinary regulations 2007 as amended provided for a breach of discipline of criminal conduct, that is to say conduct constituting an offence in respect of which there has been a conviction by a court.

“The regulations provide processes by which such a breach of discipline may be dealt with.”

The statement also stated that it was up to the commissioner to decide how a breach was dealt with as each case is dealt with on its merits.

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