100 gardaí freed from passport control duty
Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30
Around 100 gardaí are to be freed up for frontline duties by the end of the year as a result of the full civilianisation of passport controls at Dublin Airport.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said it would allow gardaí to do "more intensive work" in airports and ports.
She said it was needed due to the "new security situation" across Europe.
Gardaí currently deployed at passport controls at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 will be freed up once a competition being run by the Public Appointments Service is completed.
Some 1,500 people have applied for the jobs and, following an initial assessment phase this month, interviews will be held in August.
Passports controls in Terminal 1 were civilianised in September of last year.
"We have to use the gardaí for the right thing. We have to take away a lot of the routine civilian work that is being done by them," Ms Fitzgerald told the Irish Independent.
Meanwhile, Ms Fitzgerald also said resources were being pumped into operations to clamp down on sham marriages.
Particular concerns emerged over marriages of convenience between Pakistani and Bangladeshi men and eastern European and Portuguese women.
"We had a lot of people coming in who shouldn't have been coming in who, generally speaking, were not asylum seekers," said Ms Fitzgerald.
"We are not going to allow our borders to be abused. That is going to be ever more important with Brexit."