900 gardai to be deployed for G8 summit
NINE hundred gardai, including specialist units, are being deployed to mount a massive security operation for the G8 economic summit in the Border region later this month.
The officer in charge of the operation, Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny said this afternoon he was anticipating any trouble but was planning for all eventualities.
Gardai have been in contact with the Courts Service about setting special court sittings to deal with troublemakers while detention facilities to hold them have also been arranged.
He said the 900 officers dedicated specifically to the operation would be supplemented by local gardai.
A large network of land and water patrols has been planned and will include a series of permanent and rolling checkpoints in the Border counties.
Gardai will keep track of arrivals at all air and sea ports and cross check them with a dossier of known protesters who have attempted to disrupt previous economic summits.
Apart from the threat of trouble from international terrorists and demonstrators gardai say they are also conscious that homegrown dissident republicans may attempt to stage an incident as a propaganda stunt.
Mr Kenny said he was satisfied he had sufficient resources to deal with any problems that arose and said measures such as shutting down mobile phone service would only be implemented if there was an indication that a major incident was being planned
He also said protests were likely to take place in centres well away from the Border region, including Dublin.