Digital Desk Staff
Up to eight members of An Garda Síochána had their hair cut by a colleague last week in a Dublin station in a breach of Covid-19 guidelines.
As the Irish Examiner reports, although personal service outlets such as barbers and hairdressers have been closed since December 31st, it is believed one officer, “who may have been a barber previously” cut the hair of his colleagues at Pearse Street station.
It is understood a number of female officers raised objections.
A Garda spokesman confirmed the incident involving “a number of officers” and said it was “not be in keeping with the spirit of the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines”.
However, he said “It is true that one member did cut the hair of a number of members. It was not an external barber brought in."
The spokesman said it was not the case that officers from other divisions travelled to Pearse Street but rather it involved officers who were present at the station on the day in question.
“As they were present on the day in question, there was no breach of travel limits,” the spokesman added.
When asked whether any sanction will be applied to the officers involved, the spokesman said “maybe”.
Under their rules, members of An Garda Síochána must adhere to a strict dress code, including rules about hair length and styles.
It has been suggested there was a desire among the officers involved to maintain their adherence to that code, which fed into the decision to allow the officer to cut their hair.