Clare Fine Gael Senator, Tony Mulcahy has described the allocation of €46 million for Garda vehicles over the next five years as “unprecedented” and said that it will help to ensure that the Garda fleet is “modern, effective and fit-for-purpose”.
Funding is being provided for regular Garda patrol vehicles as well as specialist, high-power vehicles for targeted operations. This is part of an unprecedented allocation of €875 million in capital funding in the Justice sector.
“Access to new and modern vehicles is vital in ensuring Gardaí can be mobile, responsive and visible in the community, both urban and rural,” said Senator Mulcahy.
He continued: “Since 2012, this Government has invested nearly €29 million in new Garda vehicles with 370 new Garda vehicles having come on stream since the start of this year. Ultimately, this will mean that Gardaí in Clare will have access to better, newer vehicles in which to patrol our communities.
“In terms of rural policing our priority has been focussed on delivering highly-mobile and responsive Garda patrols in rural communities which are being supported by this Government’s ongoing high level of investment in new vehicles.
“In addition Minister Fitzgerald recently allocated €700,000 to An Garda Síochána to purchase new specialised vehicles to support frontline Gardaí responding to current and emerging crime threats, including burglaries committed by highly-mobile gangs. €18 million is also being provided for the refurbishment of Garda stations throughout the country.
“This is also supported by the separate recent allocation of €1.75 million to upgrade surveillance equipment on Garda aircraft, including infra-red cameras for night-time use which will greatly enhance the capacity of Gardaí to monitor and track highly-mobile gangs and tackle night-time burglars.
“I also welcome the substantial additional investment of €205 million in new technology and systems for An Garda Síochána. This allocation will deliver new systems which will ensure a more responsive deployment of Gardaí in the community and improved Garda response times,” added Senator Mulcahy.