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[thejournal.ie] Gardaí to debate law on holding drunk prisoners until they sober up. (30 Apr 2014)

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Garda delegates in Killarney will today debate a motion on the legal implications of detaining intoxicated prisoners in garda stations.

Michael Corcoran, who is a representative for Cork city said there is no legislation to allow garda stations to detain a drunk person up until a point they are sure the person is not a danger to themselves or anyone else.

Speaking yesterday evening, Corcoran, who will be speaking in favour of the motion, said there are provisions to hold an intoxicated person if they have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving. However most of intoxicated prisoners have been arrested for public order offences.

He said gardaí had a ‘duty of care’ in regard to people held in custody and where possible they were released into the care of somebody else like a member of the family but currently, they are obliged to release them, still in an intoxicated state even if there is no one to meet them at the station.

Corcoran spoke of a recent incident in which an 18-year-old, who had been detained under the public order act, had nobody available to meet them. The gardai had to release this person and Corcoran said it resulted in a tragedy.

Item Type:News
Date:30 April 2014
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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