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At least 21 barring orders issued against Gardaí since 2019

At least 21 barring orders have been issued against Gardaí since the start of 2019.

Five of the orders issued were issued under the Domestic Violence Act 2018, including elements of coercive control.


A barring order is issued by a judge and requires an abusive person to leave the home and prohibits them from returning.

The force said that since the beginning of 2019 a total of 21 cases have been reported to Internal Affairs in which a serving member is a respondent for an order issued under the Domestic Violence Act 2018.

“Nine of the twenty-one cases are subject to internal disciplinary enquiries for breaches of a domestic violence order, in addition to ongoing criminal investigations,” they said in a statement.


Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said this week that criminal investigations into Gardaí accused of sexual crimes or domestic violence are being reviewed to ensure they are being dealt with properly and quickly.

IMAGE – Gardainfo/Twitter


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