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Dublin: 12 °C Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Poll: Should uniformed gardaí be allowed have beards?

Currently, gardaí must be clean-shaven while on duty.

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THE GARDA REPRESENTATIVE Association (GRA) national conference is underway in Galway.

The body, which represents over 10,000 rank-and-file officers, is to debate 32 motions over the next two days. Some relate to serious issues like how prepared the force is for a potential terror attack.

Others are not so pressing.

One motion being put forward by the Kildare branch of the GRA is a vote to change garda rules to allow members the “personal preference of the wearing of a beard on duty”.

Currently, wearing a beard if you are a uniformed officer is not allowed.

So today, we’re asking: Should uniformed gardaí be allowed have beards? 

Poll Results:

Yes (14720)
No (6485)
No opinion (1778)

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