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Garda Commissioner apologises over failure to properly act on domestic violence calls

The Garda Commissioner has apologised to victims of domestic abuse that did not receive the stand...
Stephanie Rohan
Stephanie Rohan

15.01 24 Jun 2021


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Garda Commissioner apologises...

Garda Commissioner apologises over failure to properly act on domestic violence calls

Stephanie Rohan
Stephanie Rohan

15.01 24 Jun 2021


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The Garda Commissioner has apologised to victims of domestic abuse that did not receive the standard of care they should have.

Drew Harris is appearing before the Policing Authority to answer questions about 999 calls that were not acted on properly.

In total 3,120 domestic violence emergency calls, which were marked as cancelled, were looked at as part of this internal review.

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Of those, a third had a valid reason for being cancelled – including incidents where a number of neighbours had made different 999 calls about the same incident.

However, 45% of the calls have been sent to garda divisions for further investigation.

So far, 10% of the victims have been contacted.

The Garda Commissioner has apologised to the victims affected – People he described as among the most vulnerable people in society.

Drew Harris said, regrettably, in some cases, it appears gardaí didn’t provide the standard of care that is required.

This is only an interim report and the Garda Commissioner said they are working to determine the exact extent of the issue.


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