Garda fleet in Cork increases

Garda fleet in Cork increases
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THE garda fleet has increased in Cork city and county in the past six months, according to figures from An Garda Siochana.

In Cork city, the number of cars has risen from 87 in December to 94 at the end of June.

In Cork North, the number of cars has risen from 37 to 44, while Cork West has risen from 44 to 47.

There are now two 4X4s in Cork city, up one since December.

In Cork North, gardaí have 12 garda vans now, an increase of one in the last six months.

There has been an increase of two vans in Cork West, from 11 to 13.

A spokesman for the Garda Representative Association said that there are no issues at the moment in Cork regarding fleet numbers, adding that there are also vehicles available which have been hired by garda management across the country to deal with policing demands arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is expected that the hired cars will remain at the disposal of gardaí until at least the end of September.

A garda spokeswoman said: "An Garda Síochána hired 210 vehicles to provide additional mobility to our members nationwide which provided increased community support and community engagement across the country during the pandemic. This is an ongoing situation and revolving at this time."

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