Some police officers in Republic of Ireland 'having to sleep in cars', conference hears

Some police officers in the Republic of Ireland are being forced to sleep in their cars due to cuts in pay and allowances, their staff association has claimed.

John Healy of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) said a small number of officers were doing this two out of six days during the week.

He said this was because they cannot afford to rent or buy near their work.

Mr Healy said they could not pay for fuel to drive 260km (161 miles) a day.

RTÉ reports that the GRA deputy general secretary also said it was unacceptable that officers policing water charge protests had been spat at, pushed, verbally abused and targeted online in an effort to find out where they live.

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