Almost 50 new gardai heading for the border

New armed unit to be set up in Cavan ahead of March 29

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Leitrim Observer Reporter

Almost 50 new gardai heading for the border

49 of the 206 new garda recruits will be deployed to the border region

Almost 50 new garda recruits will be deployed in the border counties with seven coming to the Sligo/ Leitrim division.

206 new Garda recruits passed out in Templemore last Friday, March 8, 49 of them will be heading for the border region.


15 new recruits will be stationed in Donegal with the other 27 being split between Cavan/ Monaghan and Louth. Twelve of the new garda recruits from the northwest graduated, five of those were from Donegal, five from Sligo and one from Leitrim.


Taoiseach Leo Vardkar announced last week that a new armed Garda unit will be based in Cavan to tackle so called “borderless crimes” as the Brexit date looms.
Leo Varadkar says a threat assessment carried out jointly by the Gardaí and PSNI showed 43% of organised crime gangs in Northern Ireland had a cross border dimension.


He said it’s in this context that the unit is being set up.
It is understood the new unit will be operational this year, but the number of Gardaí and resources allocated to it won’t be made public for security reasons.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the new armed unit in Cavan will complement existing ones in Dundalk and Ballyshannon and will go ahead no matter what happens with Brexit in two weeks.
The unit will provide a 24 hour service.


Additional Garda Special Branch patrols are already operating in the region to monitor the movements of suspected republican dissidents.
PSNI where Chief Constable George Hamilton is recruiting an extra 308 officers and staff to deal with Brexit.
The PSNI has been handed an additional £16.5m (€19.2m) to fund the recruitment of the extra officers along with improvements to IT and infrastructure.

By the end of this month, Revenue will have over 400 additional staff trained and in place, while the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will have over 200 additional staff trained and in place.
The Department of Health will have at least 59 additional staff trained and in place before March 29.

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