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Cork Gardaí lose out on events policing pay due to Covid-19

Off-duty gardaí have lost out on a chance to earn extra money this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last year, the State was reimbursed €27,000 by the organisers of Live at the Marquee for policing at the string of concerts at the Cork venue.

However, that and other events have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19.

Figures released by An Garda Síochána through the Freedom of Information Act show that there were just five events this year in Cork where the State was reimbursed for them.

All events were run by the GAA, including events at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on January 25, February 1, February 9, and February 23.

Gardaí were also reimbursed for policing at Páirc Uí Rinn on January 25.

The total reimbursement was €17,639.75.

Events typically include football matches, agricultural shows, concerts, and race meetings.

“Non-public duty is performed by members of An Garda Síochána under arrangements made with organisers of events such as football matches, concerts, and race meetings, etc., who seek to engage the services of members of An Garda Síochána to perform duties to which they would not normally be assigned,” said a Garda spokesman.

“Members of An Garda Síochána have been made available for all the performance of such duties and the State has charged for their services.

“This work is normally performed by members who would otherwise be off-duty.

“It is generally the practice to charge organisations for the costs of duties performed by members inside the event,” said the spokesman.