178 garda stations have no access to PULSE system
Almost one third of garda stations still have no proper access to the PULSE system, it has emerged.
Figures released by the Department of Justice show that 178 stations are not connected to the Garda network, which is the main communication system within the force.
Officers based in these stations are forced to contact a garda centre located in Mayo in order to input details into the PULSE system. This is often done over a mobile phone.
According to the official Garda website, there are 564 garda stations across the country.
The figures were supplied by the department to Sinn Féin's justice spokesperson Jonathan O'Brien. Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Mr O'Brien said the figures illustrate that the force is "decades behind" in terms of technology.
"We have been hearing from as long as I can remember about this new modernisation plan for gardaí. We need to see some proper results," he said.
Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said "members in non-networked locations can contact the Garda Information Services Centre to provide relevant details to trained civilian call-takers who enter the details on the PULSE system".
She said Garda management is committed to further modernising the force as part of the Garda Síochána Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021.
"As part of the programme, the matter of enhancing rural access to the Garda network by connecting non-networked sites to the network is being examined," she said.