GRA calls for faster testing time for Gardai

The Garda Representative Association says it's concerned by the lack of progress being made to reduce the turnaround time when testing officers for Covid-19.

A test currently takes five days from the time a person's referred, to the start of contact tracing.

Latest figures show there have been 64 incidents of gardaí being coughed or spat at in the past month.

GRA president Jim Mulligan says it's a stressful situation for those on the frontline, and it's being compounded by the wait time for a test result.

"We should be prioritised, we believe, particularly in those instances where people have been spat at - it should be possible to get a result nick within 24 hours to put that person and their family at ease.

"There hasn't been any progress, but we're hoping there will be."


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