Thin blue line the main defence to Isil attack
€382-a-week garda 'mules' our first line of defence against Isil-style onslaught on Dublin
Gardai armed only with pepper spray are most likely to be the first to respond should a serious terrorist attack take place in Dublin city centre or any of the country's entertainment, retail or busy commercial centres, sources say.
These uniformed gardai - not all carry batons - would, as their first priority, shepherd victims to safety under what is said to be unofficial instruction from experienced senior officers who, sources say, are more often than not swamped with paperwork, mostly to do with budget and administration work.
The uniformed 'mules', would also be the most important initial response element as they will be the first to be able to officially identify the location of the terrorists and direct further, hopefully armed, responders to the correct positions.