Garda Superintendents call for additional armed response unit

There are no 24-hour garda stations operating north of various towns in counties Leitrim, Monaghan, Cavan and Louth, according to the Association of Garda Superintendents.

The AGS said a lack of opened garda stations or availability of gardaí has impacted on the force’s ability to respond to major incidents.

The Garda Superintendents annual conference takes place in County Kildare today.

Among some of their concerns which are likely to be discussed are a lack of gardaí and armed support units, an increase in vexatious complaints and the Divisional Policing model.

Recent ATM robberies and organised crime along the border have added to concerns among senior gardaí.

The AGS is calling for more armed response units and faster response times and say there should be sufficient rmed support units to allow a response time of between 15 and 30 minutes.

Garda Armed Support Unit
Garda Armed Support Unit in Waterford (Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

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