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Thread: Introduction of pepper-spray announced

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    Default Introduction of pepper-spray announced

    Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern TD has announced the introduction of the pepper-spray (properly referred to as the incapacitant spray) for use by all members of An Garda Siochana.

    The use of so–called pepper spray by police in other jurisdictions has been found to be a contributing factor in reducing such assaults and injuries to Police Officers. It was also found that the use by Police of such sprays has been a factor in reducing injuries to suspects as well as a reduction in allegations of excessive force against Police Officers.
    Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern TD

    The decision follows a reccommendation from the Garda Commissioner, and is justified by Minister Ahern by citing the increase in assults and "obstructions" on Garda between 2006 and 2007.

    The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has insisted that any Garda issued with such weapons be properly trained in their use, and that the health effects of any such weapons be fully tested prior to their introduction.

    Pepper spray weapons – including their active ingredients and their chemical solvents and propellants – can have damaging short and long-term effects on a number of bodily systems and functions. These weapons are particularly dangerous if used against people whose health is impaired or on young people.
    ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly

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    About time too. They should have had it years ago.
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    Appears reasonable all around, the Gardai should have it, and they should be properly trained to use it.

    Sensible Government move (for a change).
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    Just a day after the Senior Citizens protest.........

    Co-incidence?

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    i KNEW those grannies would feck things up for all of us !

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    Absolutely disgraceful measure. It's obvious this has been brought in to intimidate people especially protesters. How many innocent people will be sprayed while no one is looking? The big man guards will be just looking for any opportunity to use their new toy. Suprisingly you'll hear no objection from the FGers. Their entire party was built upon armed men attacking and suppressing innocent people.

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    While part of me agrees with this introduction... another small part of me knows in my bones, that some Guards will abuse it... will give it a cautious welcome

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    you know i thought it was great yesterday where during the whole protest the media didnt mention the gardai once.

    yet as soon as the students came onto the scene 68 gardai miraculously turned up " to keep order"

    funny ol world eh ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bobo View Post
    Absolutely disgraceful measure. It's obvious this has been brought in to intimidate people especially protesters. How many innocent people will be sprayed while no one is looking? The big man guards will be just looking for any opportunity to use their new toy. Suprisingly you'll hear no objection from the FGers. Their entire party was built upon armed men attacking and suppressing innocent people.
    Get off the high moral pedestal.Go out some weekend instead of reading Marx or whatever.Stop being such an earnest right on against the man stereotype and watch the prols at play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpc View Post
    Get off the high moral pedestal.Go out some weekend instead of reading Marx or whatever.Stop being such an earnest right on against the man stereotype and watch the prols at play.
    I suppose you think the guards having pepper sparay is "for their protection"

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