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Kenny has confidence in gardaí
10 Feb 2016 22:10
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he has full confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan.
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Mr Kenny said the Government would provide any "facilities" requested by Commissioner O'Sullivan with regard to gang-related crime.
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The Taoiseach's comments follow the launch of a murder investigation into the death of Eddie Hutch senior, the taxi driver shot dead in Dublin on Monday night.
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The Government's announcement of the addition of 55 garda position for a new permanent Dublin armed support unit was met with criticism from Garda sergeants and inspectors, who called it a "misleading" claim, as the 55 gardaí will not be new recruits but taken from other areas of frontline policing.
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Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, AGSI Deputy General Secretary John Jacob said taking gardaí from operational duties will reduce effective policing in other areas.
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"By taking them from operational duties you're reducing the capacity of the organisation to provide other services.
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"So if you're taking them from operational units in stations that means that they're not available there then to provide a regular police service," he added.
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He said the lack of recruitment over the last number of years and loss of gardaí during that time has left significant gaps in the force.
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He added that he believed this response will be provided on an overtime budget which, he suspected, would be high intensity but short term which is not sufficient.
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