Complaint to Sipo about unmarked Garda car left at airport


A complaint was lodged with the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) over the actions of Gardaí who left an unmarked patrol car at Dublin Airport while going on holiday.

he Sunday independent It was recently revealed that a group of officers based in Waterford traveled by vehicle to the airport and then departed on a non-work trip.

A Sipo spokesman declined to comment, except to say, “Due to the confidential nature of the work of the Public Office Standards Commission, we do not comment on the review of complaints against individuals.”

An Garda Síochána has concluded an internal investigation into the matter and the Garda – a middle-ranking officer – who drove the car has been restored to uniform duties following an internal investigation.

Sources said he was fined under Disciplinary Rule 10, which is considered a minor infraction.

“Basically all he got was an informal slap in the face,” a source said.

When contacted, Garda headquarters declined to comment on the sanction imposed, saying it was not commenting on an internal disciplinary matter.

The incident left airport police “scratching their heads” and sparked two separate investigations.

The car, which is attached to a special unit in the Waterford Garda Division, was driven to the airport by the officer accompanied by colleagues.

It was then left nearby while they flew on vacation.

Gardaí are permitted to park staff cars in the designated areas at Dublin Airport when traveling on business.

In these cases there is an agreement that the car keys will be left at Dublin Airport’s Garda station to allow the cars to be moved or reassigned if necessary.

In this case, the car was not driven to the airport in an official capacity and the car keys were not handed in. Complaint to Sipo about unmarked Garda car left at airport

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