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Colette Browne: 'Gardaí have a dangerous job and when Government denies them support they need, the public is at risk'

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'Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is correct the budget for An Garda Síochána – €1.76bn – is large but there is a difference between an overall budget and an efficiently spent budget.' Photo: Collins Photo Agency

'Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is correct the budget for An Garda Síochána – €1.76bn – is large but there is a difference between an overall budget and an efficiently spent budget.' Photo: Collins Photo Agency

'Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is correct the budget for An Garda Síochána – €1.76bn – is large but there is a difference between an overall budget and an efficiently spent budget.' Photo: Collins Photo Agency

It is not good enough for the Government to continually bleat that gardaí have sufficient resources when basic tools to do the job are often denied to members.

Usually, whenever gardaí feature prominently in the media, it relates to a scandal, a tribunal or a crime spree. So, it's useful for a change to consider the danger that faces officers every single day on the beat.


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