Saturday 24 February 2018

Garda Commissioner: 'Situation is very serious and very unprecedented '

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Picture: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Picture: Gerry Mooney
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan has said there is “no replacement for a policing force of over 12,000 people”.

While trying to assure the public that there will be officers in every part of the country tomorrow, Ms O’Sullivan described the situation as “very serious” and “very unprecedented”.

She appealed to people to support and cooperate with the gardaí who are on duty.

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“I think it’s very important, throughout our history the men and women of An Garda Siochana have always made sure that they were there to protect and support the public in doing what they are doing.

“Tomorrow we will have members of all ranks working right around the country to make sure that happens,” she said.

The chief said planning for every eventuality has been ongoing for weeks but the but the situation is fluid and the force will “have to adjust and adapt our plans as things progress”.

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During a brief media appearance in Dublin city centre, she said she wanted to “reassure the public and communities all around the country that our focus is on ensuring there is a policing and security service provided tomorrow”.

Asked whether her own authority was being undermined by officers who strike, she replied: “Our focus is on making sure that the men and women of An Garda Siochana are there tomorrow to provide a service to the public.”

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