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'An unfortunate incident': Assistant Garda Commissioner on Garda submachine gun found in Dublin city centre by passerby

The gun was handed in to Store Street garda station last week by a member of the public.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll
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AN ASSISTANT GARDA Commissioner has described the incident in which a fully-loaded submachine gun belonging to a member of An Garda Siochána was found in Dublin city centre last week as an “unfortunate incident”. reported last week that the gun was handed in to Store Street garda station by a member of the public.

The gun was in a bag in the boot of a car which was part of a convoy travelling at high speed through Dublin city centre when it fell out of the car. It is not clear whether the boot of the car had been closed properly or whether it malfunctioned.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland, Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll said “any incident of that nature is regretted”.

O’Driscoll made his comments during a discussion on the arrests of two men in another unrelated incident.

He said “every effort” must be made to ensure that it doesn’t happen in the future but added that it is “an unfortunate incident”.

Well obviously, any incident of that nature is regretted and every effort must be made to ensure that it doesn’t happen into the future, but it is an unfortunate incident.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) last week launched a public inquiry into the incident.

In a statement, GSOC said it “become aware through media reports of the temporary loss of a garda sub-machine gun from an official garda vehicle”.

“The Commission is concerned about the reports in the media and the apparent lack of security that these reports suggest.”

GSOC said it has received no notification or referral from the Garda Síochána nor any complaint from a member of the public but it’s of the view that an independent investigation is necessary to ensure public confidence in the civilian oversight of policing in a time of increased armed gardaí in Dublin city in particular.

The gun was being used by a garda who was part of an armed unit involved in ongoing criminal investigations in Dublin. The incident did not involve personnel involved in the operations surrounding the royal visit.

With reporting by Cliodhna Russell

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