Three Gardai who were photographed standing next to a catering tent within the grounds of Glin coursing club were engaged in traffic management, according to the Minister for Justice.
The uniformed Gardai, who were seen facing away from a vehicle and alongside a tent selling sandwiches to coursers, were performing “normal traffic duties”, Minister Frances Fitzgerald stated in response to a Dail question from Clare Daly TD.
The Gardai were present at the animal cruelty venue on both days of the weekend event. On Saturday, 4th October, two Gardaí “were present for approximately half an hour” and on the following day, three Gardaí were there “for approximately half an hour”.
Addressing an earlier question from Deputy Daly about who would be paying for the Garda presence, Minister Fitzgerald stated: “the coursing club will not be covering the cost of the Garda presence.”