Gardaí propose detaining drunk people - until they've sobered

Rank and file Gardaí want new legislation to allow for the detention of drunk people until they've sobered up.

The issue will be debated at the Garda Representative Association annual conference in Killarney in Co Kerry today.

"We don't have the capacity to detain them. We then end up with people being released, possibly a danger to traffic or themselves," said Garda Michael Corcoran, from Angelsea Street Station in Cork City, who is proposing the motion.

"It’s a call that you have to make, and it's really for that person's safety. We have a duty of care, but at the same time we could find ourselves in trouble because of the detention. And that's a problem for our members."

Delegates said they want to be able to detain people arrested under the Public Order Act for their own safety.

More in this Section

Enda Kenny announces his eleven nominees to Seanad Éireann

Kenny defends decision to split Dept of Environment

Adi Roche receives the Freedom of Cork City

€20k of smuggled cigarettes and 7 kilos of tobacco seized in Dundalk


You might also like

Today's Stories

‘Traveller’s feet nailed to the floor by three men’

Jury in prisoner death inquest recommends Cloverhill Prison staffing review

Four beaches lose Blue Flag status

We’re fighting for justice, says grandfather

Lifestyle

How The River cemented Bruce Springsteen's place in music

Should women be entitled to period leave? One employer certainly thinks so.

VIDEO: How much would you pay to save your pet?

How to find a balance between 'clean' eating and healthy eating

More From The Irish Examiner