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Poll: Should the Garda Síochána be armed?

An incident in which a young Garda was splashed with boiling oil has highlighted the dangers faced by officers on duty – so should they be given guns to protect themselves?

The extendable baton used by gardai - but is it protection enough?
The extendable baton used by gardai - but is it protection enough?
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A WOMAN IS to appear in court this morning in relation to an incident in which a young Garda was splashed with boiling oil.

Garda Representative Association president Damien McCarthy has said that there was an increase in assaults on gardai in 2010. He called on Justice Minister Alan Shatter to create specific tough legislation to deal with attacks on gardai.

Most members of the Garda Síochána are equipped with extendable batons and pepper spray but only detective units and the Emergency Response Unit carry guns.

Should rank-and-file officers be armed?


Poll Results:

Yes (1394)
No (1131)
There should be special licences in specific areas and cases (1013)



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