Charlie Flanagan vows to probe how security firms carry out High Court Orders

Charlie Flanagan has vowed to probe how security firms carry out High Court Orders after the eviction of housing protesters.

The Justice Minister also insisted balaclava-clad gardai policing last week’s incident in north inner city Dublin were only doing their jobs – and subjected to horrible abuse - writes dublinlive.ie.

Mr Flanagan was speaking yesterday after criticism of officers wearing ski masks as they assisted a security firm removing protesters.

He said: “I am advised by the Garda authorities that following an order of the High Court, a small number of community gardai were present to keep the peace, facilitate a peaceful protest and facilitate the enforcement of the High Court order.

“A private security firm acted for the owner of the premises on foot of the High Court order.

“Any dispute in relation to the enforcement of a court order is solely a matter for the courts.

“The persons involved in the execution of the High Court order are not licensable by the Private Security Authority at present but my officials are examining the law governing this area and I intend to give this matter further consideration.”

The minister added gardai were subject to sustained abuse, including one incident of racist remarks.

He said: “Where behaviour crosses the line into criminality, it may be investigated. I am appealing to people to recognise gardai simply doing their jobs should not be targeted in this way.”

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