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Bid to ease garda jobs axe fears

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has insisted An Garda Siochana will be a "fully functional and dynamic force" even after its strength is cut by 1,200 and some senior gardai retire.

He said the crackdown on organised crime would be maintained and the gardai would be "well up to all challenges", even after the reduction in numbers.

Mr Shatter said he could not currently answer a question about whether garda stations would be closed. Ultimately, that would be an operational decision to be made by the Garda Commisioner, he added.