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Monday 20 November 2017

Army 'not trained to cover for gardaí'

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Robin Schiller

Defence Forces personnel are not properly trained to fill in for striking gardaí, the head of the Army union has warned.

Calling in the Army to patrol the streets and manage traffic is believed to be among the contingency plans on the table for the Government.

But PDFORRA general secretary Gerry Mooney said Army members "would not have the same authority and training as gardaí" if they were called in as emergency cover for planned industrial action next month.

Meanwhile, gardaí believe a man found beaten to death with a "stick-like" weapon in a mountain forest may have been involved in a dispute over land in Co Dublin.

The chief suspect in the killing of Michael McCoy was known to the victim and remained under arrest last night.

Irish Independent

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