TEN gardaí will take up new positions in Cork on April 3, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has confirmed.
Five will be based at Togher Garda station with the other five taking up positions in Gurranbraher garda station.
The Tánaiste also welcomed a targeted and specialist Garda operation, Operation Thor, which is ongoing in Cork, to tackle burglaries and property crime.
Speaking from China, where he is on a political and trade mission, the Tánaiste said: “I have been in constant contact with Garda management following the spike in burglaries recorded in parts of Cork and I have been informed that on Tuesday of this week gardaí conducted a ‘day of action’ across the Cork City Division. “The result of this operation was the seizure of a number of weapons, drugs and items of stolen property, including three stolen cars recovered.
“This was focused and intelligence-led policing from Assistant Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon and her team and I want to thank them for their ongoing work,” he added.
“However I also called for extra permanent gardaí for Cork beyond an operational response and I am pleased to confirm that Togher and Gurranabraher stations will get five extra probationary gardaí each.
“These new officers will be in place on April 3 and I hope other resources will follow too.”
On Tuesday, gardaí arrested 13 people as part of a crackdown on theft, fraud and drug crime in the city.
Officers from Anglesea Street searched 19 premises and seized seven vehicles as part of a day of action on the crime reduction initiative ‘Operation Thor’.
In the city, 24 checkpoints were set up and five warrants were executed in order to stem a flurry of criminal activity in recent months with a rise in reports of burglaries in the Carrigaline and Douglas areas.
Drugs amounting to approximately €8,600 were seized during the operation. One stolen trailer was recovered.
Gardaí say the operation was to disrupt criminal activity, apprehend criminals and enhance community engagement.