Five cases from Waterford referred to Garda watchdog

Five cases were referred to the Garda watchdog from Waterford last year.

GSOC's annual report shows a 40% increase in referrals involving death or serious injury nationally during 2021.

A matter is referred for independent investigation by GSOC when it appears that the conduct of a Garda might have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person.

Last year, five such referrals were made from the Waterford division.


It accounts for the largest figure outside of Dublin, where there were 21.

However, the report does not specify the outcome of these referrals on a county-by-county basis.

There was also a marked increase last year in the number of complaints against Gardaí that were investigated by GSOC.

Of the 2,189 made nationally, 88 allegations related to Gardaí in the Waterford division.


This number was the second lowest of the divisions in the South East.

Overall, there were 60 findings of a breach of discipline by members of the force in Ireland but 825 cases remained open at the end of the year.