Sunday 20 October 2019

Border policing challenges will increase after Brexit

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has outlined how challenges to policing in the border region will increase after Brexit.

Speaking in the Dail last week, the Minister explained: 'Preparation has had a wide-ranging focus on operational requirements, including personnel, infrastructure and technology. I know the Commissioner is committed to ensuring the organisation can deal with any policing challenges arising from Brexit though clearly the circumstances which may arise are dependant on the political settlement.'

He added: 'Policing in the border region has always presented particular challenges and this can be expected to increase in the context of Brexit.'

'It is also the case that violent dissident republic groups continue to seek to frustrate counter-terrorism efforts and organised criminals seek to exploit the two jurisdictions in order to try to evade detection.'

The Minister said that extra resources had been added to the Northern region of An Garda Siochana.

Latest figures available showed there ar 1,406 Gardaí. There are 59 Garda Reserves and 144 Garda civilian staff attached to the Northern Region.

An additional 49 Gardaí were assigned to the region last week

He added: 'In the event that a 'no deal' Brexit gives rise to additional requirements in border areas, further resources can and will be provided through redeployment.'

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