999 calls to Gardaí continue to be cancelled, says Garda Commissioner
Fresh reports of cancelled 999 calls have been described as "extraordinarily risky" and "utterly dismissive" by the Police Authority chairman.
Mr Harris said that an "inquiry and disciplinary" investigation into the matter is underway.
Bob Collins, the Police Authority chairman said that it was "completely incredible" and "an extraordinarily risky and grave matter" for 999 calls to go unanswered or cancellled.
Mr Collins added that the matter was "utterly dismissive" of those who call 999.
Earlier this year, it emerged that between 2019 and 2000, Gardaí cancelled over 200,000 calls. 3000 of them were related to domestic violence.
A statement from Women's Aid described the reports of these failures by the Gardaí as being of "deep concern".
Women's Aid View: Failures by Gardaí to respond to 999 calls from domestic violence victims is deeply concerning. As a key frontline responder to combating and preventing the scourge of domestic abuse in Ireland, public trust in the Gardaí's response is absolutely vital.
— Women's Aid Ireland (@Womens_Aid) June 12, 2021
It read: "The Gardaí are a key frontline responder to combating and preventing the scourge of Domestic Abuse in Ireland, and public trust in their response is absolutely vital."
The organisation's CEO Sarah Benson said: "What is of critical importance is that there is a swift, sensitive and systematic outreach to those whose calls went unanswered; to assess their safety and support needs. A complete root and branch revision of internal systems and practices must also be completed to ensure that such a grievous breach of procedure can never happen again."
Just last week, the Minister of State for Justice, Hildegarde Naughton released figures which indicated that nearly 100 domestic abuse incidents are reported to Gardaí every day this year, while roughly one report of domestic abuse is made every 15 minutes.