Extra cash spent on garda technology
Spending on computerised communications systems in the garda force is to be increased significantly, it emerged last night.
The extra cash being made available to the garda authorities will coincide with the progressive rollout of a new national digital radio system, which began early last year. The system has now been installed in the Dublin metropolitan and eastern regions.
Almost 8,700 handsets have been deployed and it's expected that the radio network will be nationwide in the coming months.
Last year a total of €82m was spent on information and communications technology but the budget will be increased this year.
The Garda Inspectorate last week criticised the lack of computer-aided systems outside of Dublin.
But senior garda officers said last night that a lot of progress had been achieved.
By the end of the year it will be possible to provide garda email accounts to all personnel. Improvements in the Pulse system, automated fingerprints and computer aids for the national immigration service will also be delivered.