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Garda Special: Closures raise tensions

The closing of Garda stations around the country and increasing pressure on resources are straining relations between gardaí and Minister for Justice, writes John Burke.

3rd February, 2013
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the funeral of Detective Adrian Donohoe last week. Photo: Collins

Tensions have risen significantly between Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and rank-and-file gardaí as the fallout intensifies over the closure of 95 Garda stations last week, and the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in a credit union raid ten days ago.

The country's largest policing representative body, the GRA, which represents 11,300 of the force's 13,400 members, has questioned whether the Department of Justice and Shatter - as opposed to Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan...

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