O’Brien calls for assessment of Garda resources after London attack
Speaking following a disagreement between Gardaí and the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald regarding their ability to respond to potential incidents in the wake of the London attack, Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD called for calm and urged the Minister to use this as an opportunity to assess the resource needs of An Garda Siochana across the board.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“While there is no evidence to suggest that there is potential for any London type incident in Ireland, listening to Gardaí saying that they have concerns regarding the resources available to combat such threats is very concerning for the general public.
“We must be prepared for all eventualities and the Gardaí must be resourced to the highest levels possible.
“While I would appeal for calm, clearly this is another manifestation of an ongoing broad concern around resources available to Gardaí.
“Out of 2,815 garda cars that are out there, only 32 have sat navs installed. There are 178 Garda stations that aren’t on the garda network and the Minister will not give us information about how many memory sticks or digital cameras they have.
“These are incredibly basic items that Gardaí don’t have access to and it certainly doesn’t paint a picture of the service being given the ‘necessary resources and supports’.
“The Minister must take this opportunity to identify what resources exactly are needed for the Gardaí that will enable them to do their jobs properly.”