Tom Brady: Gardaí could respond in just three minutes
Police in London have been rightly congratulated for their response time of eight minutes from the first call about the terrorist atrocity there on Saturday night, shooting dead the three attackers and probably saving many lives.
But that speedy reaction has been used to attack the readiness and preparation of the Garda if a similar event took place here. So what would have happened if the terrorists had attacked innocent civilians in central Dublin rather than London?
The atrocity took place at 10.06pm on Saturday. At that time, nine Garda armed support units were on duty in the capital along with a further two armed groups from the Emergency Response Unit. Three of those heavily armed units would have responded to the incident in O'Connell Street within three minutes.