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Local Gardaí have second highest use of special Covid-19 powers

Sep 16, 2020 16:20 By News Northern Sound
Local Gardaí have second highest use of special Covid-19 powers
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The Cavan-Monaghan Garda Division remains the division with the second highest usage of special powers given to Gardaí during the pandemic. The latest report

The Cavan-Monaghan Garda Division remains the division with the second highest usage of special powers given to Gardaí during the pandemic.

The latest report from the Policing Authority shows the powers were used 49 times between April 8th and August 29th - second only to Galway with 52.

Across the region, both the Sligo-Leitrim and Roscommon-Longford divisions have seen the powers used 15 times.

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They were used eight times by Gardaí in the Westmeath division.

Meanwhile, the number of coughing and spitting incidents aimed at Gardaí remained a regular occurrence during the policing of Covid-19, according to the Policing Authority.

Its latest report on policing performance during the pandemic shows there were 192 incidents recorded since April 12th.

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Meanwhile, Gardaí visited over 30,000 licenced premises since the start of Operation Navigation.

60 per cent of pubs were recorded as closed, while there have been 181 incidents related to the operation.

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