More powers to police house parties not in State’s best interest, says Garda chief

Harris also reports to Police Authority security challenges in rise of far right groups

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: Said breaking up gatherings not   ‘catered for’ by Government’s  Covid-19 regulations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: Said breaking up gatherings not ‘catered for’ by Government’s Covid-19 regulations. Photograph: Alan Betson

The policing of house parties and large-scale street gatherings had been “difficult” for the Garda during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it was that doubtful giving the force more powers to deal with them would be a good idea for the Republic, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said.

“I have my doubts as to whether more policing powers in a health emergency is the correct route for us to go as a country,” he said.

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