Cork loses garda allocation due to Dublin and Drogheda crime waves

Cork loses garda allocation due to Dublin and Drogheda crime waves
Anglesea Street Garda Station

CORK City is to lose out on ten new gardaí in the coming weeks because recruits are being diverted to help with gangland violence in Dublin and Drogheda.

The Cork City division was due to receive ten gardaí from the recruit class passing out in Templemore in early June.

These new recruits would have bolstered the ranks here and allowed existing gardaí in Cork to take up roles in community policing in the city.

However, this has now been put on hold.

There are currently two sergeants and 20 gardaí in the community policing unit in the Cork City division.

Earlier this year, gardaí and Tánaiste Simon Coveney had welcomed plans to expand community policing, with two further sergeants and 18 more gardaí.

However, Garda commissioner Drew Harris has now reallocated the ten new members to stations in Dublin and Drogheda where there are gangland feuds ongoing.

Garda management in Cork was recently been notified of the change.

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin confirmed: “We were to get ten new gardaí but they were redirected at the directive of the Garda commissioner.

“We had plans in place to incorporate the new personnel into the Cork city team.”

He said it is now hoped that a delayed allocation will be made in the coming months.

“We understand the difficulties the commissioner finds himself in, in terms of resources,” added Chief Supt McPolin.

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