A probationary Garda has been fined €1,000 for breaching Covid-19 restrictions and being drunk in public on the night of her 27th birthday party. Gardaí were called to the house of Garda Aoife Moore twice in the same night of her party.
The incident occurred on the night of June 7th 2020 when gardaí were responding to reports of an altercation at the party. Moore identified herself to arriving gardaí, who found no indication of an altercation.
One of her friends who was present at the party had a leg injury but gardaí were assured that this did not result from an altercation and that she was fine. Gardaí were called back to the house at 5:30am after Moore became concerned for her friend.
She then attempted to gain access to the back of the ambulance that her friend was in while gardaí tried to remind her of the Covid-19 regulations and that she needed to remove herself from the vehicle.
Moore, who was highly intoxicated, was deemed a danger to herself and others which resulted in officers arresting her for public order offences. Judge Terrence Finn stated that Moore’s profession placed her in a slightly different position than other members of the public and that the bar was set higher.
Satisfied with not handing down a custodial sentence, Judge Finn issued a €1,000 fine for the two offences with six months to pay.