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Garda “sitting on his arse” in patrol car reacts “casual” after child forced off contra-flow cycle lane

A formal complaint is to be lodged about a “Garda sitting on his arse” in a marked patrol car on a contra-flow cycle track who was “casual” about blocking the lane even after a bus driver had to slam on their brakes when a child using the contra-flow route had to go around the car.

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The contra-flow cycle track in question, in Dundrum, is mostly segregated. But the incident happened when the Garda officer chose to park their patrol car in the contra-flow cycle track where segregation stops to allow vehicles to access the car parks of AIB and Dundrum College of Further Education.

The location is a regular spot used for illegal parking.

A councillor on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said he will be making the complaint to Gardai after his child was forced to go around the Garda car and a bus in the general traffic lane had to slam on his brakes.

Cllr Oisín O’Connor (Green Party) said: “The driver of the bus in this photo had to slam on his brakes as my daughter tried to go around this Garda car parked in the contraflow cycle lane in Dundrum earlier.”

He added: “Garda sitting on his arse in the car couldn’t be more casual about what he almost caused. Fuming.”

His daughter was cycling with her mother at the time.

The Garda Press Office said: “We don’t comment on third party material.”

Cllr O’Connor said he will be making a formal complaint about the issue, and said that such parking by Gardai in non-emergency situations is an on-going issue in the area.

He pointed to a tweet by Dundrum.info, a local account that has on an on-going basis highlighted illegal parking on the footpath cross the road of Dundrum Garda station.

On November 25, Dundrum.info tweeted that they had “Called [to the Garda station] in person many times. Written many times. For Decades. Generations. As have many other residents. Simply told to “f**k off”. By uniformed Gardai. In Dundrum Garda Station. On Garda cctv.”

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