Monday February 24, 2020

Budget Fallout: Blue period on the cards for guards

Alan Shatter has pledged to meet the troika's demands for a reduction in Garda numbers - but senior gardaí are wondering how he proposes to achieve his goal, writes John Burke.

13th January, 2013
Gardaí graduate at Templemore: station closures 'could be counter-productive in terms of lost intelligence capacity.' Photo: Photocall

Senior gardaí remain in the dark over how Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will achieve the substantial reduction in Garda numbers that the government has agreed with the troika.

With the force having a standing strength of 13,400, the government failed to meet the targeted reduction to 13,000 by the end of last year, leaving Shatter under pressure to shed the surplus.

Gardaí nationwide looked on with confusion last week, amid claims that the force was...

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