Garda Commissioner

  • Garda Commissioner Drew Harris urged  elected councillors in county Mayo if they are on the receiving end of online threats and abuse on social media to immediately inform gardai.

    Commissioner Harris told a meeting of Mayo Joint Policing Committee (JPC) in Castlebar on Friday that he is aware that public representatives are “getting more than their fair share of threats on social media”.

     “If you are feeling threatened or are being abused in any shape or form immediately report it”, the Commissioner stated.

     He continued: “The more we know about the messages an individual might be sending the greater the likelihood is of us actually apprehending the offender and bringing the matter to the DPP in respect of prosecution.

     “If you get any messages that are threatening or abusive please report them straight away.

    “We have a duty to protect democracy – we are here to protect those who are acting in our best interests as public representatives.”

     Commissioner Harris made his comments in a question and answer session with members of Mayo County Council following a discussion on the new Garda operating model which will see Mayo amalgamated into one Garda division with Roscommon and Longford from next year.


  • The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was in Claremorris garda station this afternoon to meet with gardai, as part of a nationwide tour of garda stations.

     The Commissioner is talking to gardai about the new garda operational plan that was announced earlier this week, that will be rolled out nationally over the next three years.

    Mayo as a garda district has been subsumed into the larger garda division of Mayo, Roscommon, Longford.

    The division is now part of the new Northwest region.


  • The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will be among those attending a ceremony in Co Roscommon next Tuesday, to remember two Gardai who were killed while on duty 40 years ago.

    Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne - both from Knock and stationed in Castlerea  - lost their lives while on duty on 7th July 1980.

    They were among 4 Gardai who responded to a call of a bank robbery in Ballaghadereen, but were shot at Shannon's Cross outside Loughglynn after intercepting the raiders.

    A memorial monument at Shannon's Cross marks the spot where the two Gardai lost their lives, and a prayer service will take place at the site next Tuesday at 2pm, to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.

    Brendan Gordon of the organising committee told Midwest News today that the tragic loss of two serving Gardai is vividly remembered, forty years later.


  • The Minister for Justice and Equality and the Acting Garda Commissioner will be in Galway today.

    Minister Charlie Flanagan and Donall O’Cualain will officially open the Western Region Garda Headquarters in Galway this morning.

    The new headquarters will be opened by Minister Flanagan and Acting Commissioner O’Cualain at 11am on the Dublin Road, Renmore in Galway.


  • Sinn Fein's Justice spokesperson says he'd work with Drew Harris if he was appointed to cabinet, despite the Garda Commissioner agreeing with a PSNI report linking Sinn Fein to the IRA.

    The 2015 report said the Provisional Army Council oversaw the IRA and Sinn Fein - which Drew Harris says is a view he agrees with.

    The Garda Commissioner continued to say he is a public servant and would work with whatever Government is formed.

    Sligo TD, Sinn Fein's Martin Kenny says he would get on with the work.