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# Drew Harris

9th December 2023
Garda Commissioner appears at tribunal examining claims by part-time PSNI officers
Drew Harris was giving evidence about his previous role as the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Deputy Chief Constable.
Last week
3rd December 2023 - 9th December 2023
McEntee says it is ‘difficult’ to change priorities for gardaí without request
The minister said gardaí had policed 800 protests in 2023 and that several arrests had been made as part of a “graduated response”.
This month
December 2023
Justice Minister Helen McEntee faces no confidence motion and committee grilling next week
Sinn Féin said it is tabling the no confidence motion as the minister refuses to acknowledge political failings.
Last month
November 2023
Labour criticise Government and Commissioner for ‘completely inaccurate’ garda recruit figures
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar yesterday said between 700 and 800 new recruits are entering Templemore this year, but the figure to date is 633.
'Vigilantes' patrolling rural areas against asylum seekers seeking ID details, committee told
Patrick Costello pointed to alleged checkpoints in Leitrim and vigilante style protests in a number of other counties.
‘Huge distortion’ over advent of facial recognition technology, Drew Harris says
The Garda Commissioner said that they would look to use the technology to retrospectively scan footage as part of investigations.
Commissioner tells TDs he cares about job 'too much' to consider resigning
Harris promised that the garda presence in Dublin will not ‘fall off a cliff edge’ after Christmas.
Garda public order units to be armed with tasers, Commissioner tells TDs
Before now, only a small number of specially-trained firearm gardaí carried tasers.
Garda Commissioner faces questions from TDs after Dublin Riots
Commissioner Drew Harris has been invited to the Oireachtas justice committee today.
Increased garda presence planned for Dublin city centre 'up to and beyond Christmas'
Commissioner Drew Harris refused to apologise for the garda response to public disorder in the capital on Thursday.
Commissioner expressed 'dissatisfaction' over GRA appearance on Prime Time on Thursday
The incident happened during a meeting between garda representative groups and Drew Harris this weekend.
Dublin riots: How a mob in the capital turned to looting, arson and calls to kill
Dublin city centre was largely shut down last night as rioters attacked gardaí, looted shops and set vehicles on fire.
What exactly happened in Dublin city and how did the situation escalate so quickly?
To understand that, we need to explore what has been happening online in terms of anti-immigration rhetoric
As is often the case with a breaking news story, many rumours gained traction yesterday before the truth had time to emerge
As it happened: Increased Garda presence in Dublin, Opposition declare no confidence in Commissioner
Schools close early and clinics cancelled at Temple Street amid fears of unrest in central Dublin
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald says she has no confidence in Garda Commissioner Drew Harris
There have been calls for politicians to return to the Dáil a day early.
Commissioner, Minister defend Dublin policing in aftermath of violent scenes
The Garda Commissioner was speaking at a press conference in Garda Headquarters this morning.
Minister challenged Drew Harris on reduced traffic enforcement by gardaí amid rise in deaths
A report by
Valerie Flynn
Garda detections of mobile phone use by drivers were down 40% on pre-pandemic levels in the first nine months of the year.
Drew Harris acknowledges discontent within Garda ranks at Oireachtas justice committee
Harris insisted he does not dodge or deny the concerns shared by gardaí around the morale of the force.
Garda Commissioner agrees to 'review' policing of far-right protests, trade union says
It followed the the public service union’s criticism of “soft policing” by gardaí of protests at libraries, migrant centers and the Dáil.
This year
Breakthrough in garda talks as interim roster is agreed
Senior garda managers met collectively with all four representative associations today.
Garda dispute: 'Substantial' progress in talks between GRA and Commissioner
The Garda Representative Association and other representative bodies met Garda Commissioner Drew Harris today.
Explainer: Why are gardaí taking industrial action?
Gardaí will withdraw from doing overtime for five days this month, including Halloween. But how did it come to this?
Some gardaí misused their power to pursue sexual relationships, says Garda Commissioner
Drew Harris said there are a number of people who have been returned to service that he has concern about remaining as members of An Garda Síochána.
Garda Commissioner says he won’t defer 6 November deadline for new staff roster
Rank-and-file gardaí have voted to take industrial action in the face of an ongoing dispute with Commissioner Drew Harris.
Rank-and-file gardaí not ruling out action amid deteriorating relations with Commissioner
GRA president Brendan O’Connor said he had “even less confidence” in Drew Harris now.
Garda group: Crisis talks meeting with Commissioner was 'waste of time'
The GRA met with Commissioner Drew Harris today ahead of their special delegate conference tomorrow.
Commissioner offers gardaí two options to resolve roster dispute in 'brief and direct' meeting
The Garda Representative Association has rejected one option and has ‘considered the merits’ of the other.
Crisis talks to take place to solve GRA impasse before conference flashpoint at end of month
The GRA will hold a special delegate conference at the end of the month in which sources said nothing is off the table.
Commissioner Harris says he will not apply for PSNI job amid GRA no confidence
Harris, speaking in Cork today, laughed off any suggestion that he may look to leave his garda job to move back to his former employers.
Garda Commissioner: GRA vote 'like a kick in the teeth' but says he will not resign
The justice minister said the decision to pursue a “personalised ballot” was “regrettable” and called for “talking and negotiating” to resolve the dispute.
Rank-and-file gardaí vote 98.7% against Commissioner Drew Harris's leadership
Gardaí are in a major industrial relations row with Harris over his decision to push through a controversial work roster.
Garda Commissioner to discuss possible Kinahan cartel extraditions during trip to Dubai
Drew Harris and Assistant Commissioner Justin Kelly have travelled to Dubai this week.
New garda industrial relations problem: Civilian staff fear new laws change their employment status
Talks are taking place between garda management, the Department of Justice and civilian garda staff to prevent an escalation.
Taoiseach says Govt won’t remove Garda Commissioner if he loses no-confidence vote
The Garda Representative Association is balloting members amid a deepening dispute over plans to change the rostering system.
Garda group to push ahead with no confidence vote after meeting with Commissioner
A meeting this morning in Garda Headquarters and Drew Harris failed to reach agreement on the rosters dispute.
Varadkar says giving gardaí guns would only result in escalation of armed crimes
A report by
Christina Finn
The Taoiseach previously said he would be in favour of arming gardaí.
Garda bosses look to reduce garda call volume by not responding to minor road crashes
A garda spokesperson has confirmed that they are examining a rationalisation of the incidents gardaí routinely respond to.
Gardaí to be based at 'transport hubs' at Dublin's Heuston and Connolly train station
Justice Minister Simon Harris said there will be better coordination between transport providers and the gardaí.
'My gang is bigger than their gang': Garda Commissioner delivers warning to organised crime
Drew Harris spoke to reporters as he arrived at the Garda Representative Association (GRA) annual conference in Westport this morning.
One year on, the international operation to demolish the Kinahan gang continues step by step
A report by
Niall O'Connor
The sanctions and reward were launched in an event at Dublin Castle last year.
Gardaí begin investigations into 26 sexual abuse allegations in the Defence Forces
Commissioner Drew Harris encouraged anyone who is a victim of sexual abuse in the Defence Forces to make contact with gardaí.
Criminal Assets Bureau to get new powers to prevent targets from delaying seizures of property
The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) are set to hold their annual delegate conference in Salthill, Galway later today.