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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.

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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.

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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.

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