Gardaí leaving on a holiday abroad drove to Dublin Airport in an unmarked patrol car and abandoned the vehicle without authorization or notification to the proper authorities.
The bizarre incident left airport police “scratching their heads” and sparking two separate investigations.
That Sunday independent May reveal the car, which is attached to a special forces unit in Waterford Garda Division, was driven to Dublin Airport by a Garda member accompanied by other officers in recent weeks.
It was then left near the airport while the Garda members flew on vacation.
Gardaí are permitted to park staff cars in the designated areas at Dublin Airport when flying 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 on business and the car keys were not handed in.
Instead, the car was “essentially left behind,” according to a source outside the airport.
It is understood that after a few days airport police raised concerns about the vehicle’s presence and indicated that it was to be towed away.
After officers were notified, An Garda Síochána launched an investigation and the vehicle was removed.
When asked, Garda headquarters declined to comment.
However, it is understood that an internal disciplinary investigation is now underway. The Garda member who drove the car and left it there without authorization should be questioned, as should his colleagues.
While there is currently “no particular shortage of Garda cars,” the incident is still “unacceptable if it turns out to be true,” a source linked to Garda HQ said.
In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the number of Garda members under internal investigation for alleged misconduct, both disciplinary and potentially criminal.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has publicly pledged to root out wrongdoing and corruption within the force.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/holidaying-gardai-took-squad-car-to-airport-and-left-it-there-41879744.html Holidaying gardaí took a patrol car to the airport and left it there