Gardaí probe sending of 'inappropriate images' to teen GAA players

gardaí probe sending of 'inappropriate images' to teen gaa players

Gardaí probe sending of ‘inappropriate images’ to teen GAA players

A garda investigation has been launched amid allegations that a coach at a GAA club in Munster shared “inappropriate” images via mobile phone with juvenile players.

Concerns were raised about a coach at the club five weeks ago after a parent found the images on the phone of a youth.

The club contacted gardaí, the Child and Family Agency Tusla, and the GAA’s National Children’s Office, in line with GAA Safeguarding Procedures.

The club had fully adhered to the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 -2016 which provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain activities relating to children or vulnerable persons.

In a statement, the Garda Press Office said that An Garda Síochána is “aware of reports of the alleged circulation of images involving juveniles in the Munster region”.

“An investigation is ongoing. An Garda Síochána is liaising with external agencies in relation to the investigation.”

The GAA’s National Children’s Office was contacted for comment. Tusla does not comment on individual cases.

It is understood that with the completion of the 2023 playing season, the coaching role of the person has ended.

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