Gardai want ban on photographing or recording them while on duty


AGSI members will call for it to be made illegal to photograph or video a garda member in the course of their duty without that member's consent and then post this image on any media.

The issue has been raised in the past regarding the policing of water protests and other demonstrations.

Images videos of gardaí have been posted to social media, identifying those members.

The motion has been proposed by gardaí in West Dubin and is set to be discussed at the annual AGSI conference.

The 39th AGSI Annual Delegate Conference begins in Killarney this afternoon. In a break with tradition Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will not be attending.

A spokesman said: "The Tanaiste very much regrets that, because the pressure of Dail business this week relating, in particular, to Garda matters, she will not be in a postion to attend the AGSI conference, which she had very much hoped to attend."

Speaking to RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, Association president Antoinette Cunningham said members of the AGSI have found photos or video of themselves "placed on some social media sites".

"Their private domestic lives, home addresses and members of family have been referred to in a way not connected to the duty of which that member was carrying out.

"There is a risk attached to that. They want to fully protect their private life doing their duty. They feel it is justifiable.

"It can bring significant risk and stress," she added.

Separately delegates from Sligo/Leitrim are calling for the Justice Minister to introduce legislation making it obligatory for all pedestrians and cyclists to be forced to wear hi-visibility clothing.

AGSI members from Dublin's south inner city say that while they do not want pedestrians to be forced to wear hi-vis clothing they do think bicycle helmets should become obligatory for cyclists.