Cutting force numbers is a problem, says Shatter
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter last night said it was difficult for his department to make the savings needed under the bailout -- especially in reducing garda numbers, writes Fiach Kelly.
Mr Shatter's comments come as representatives of the EU, IMF and ECB troika arrive in Dublin tomorrow for their quarterly review.
They will be here to monitor the Government's adherence to the bailout plan and to renegotiate aspects of the agreement. But Mr Shatter said the Department of Justice was having problems reducing garda numbers. "The previous government signed up with the ECB and the IMF to reduce garda numbers from 14,500 to 13,500," he said.
"There were never any arrangements put in place to effect that reduction and that is why it is making it difficult for the Department of Justice this year to fully meet its obligation with regard to expenditure."
This week's discussions are expected to focus on the Budget in December.