Delegates at the Garda Representative Association's annual conference have rejected assertions by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan that An Garda Síochána is adequately resourced and have called for an increase in the garda budget and more equipment and training.

Rank and file gardaí say they do not have the sufficient resources, equipment or training to do the job properly, pointing to the fact that they have not been trained in how to implement new legislation in ten years, particularly in areas like domestic violence and the Children's Act.

However, Minister Flanagan has rejected those claims.

Charlie Flanagan said the gardaí would have three hundred new vehicles by the end of this year, thirty of which had already been purchased.

He also said a new ICT system was being introduced into the force at a time when the Garda budget was an unprecedented €1.7 billion. 

Delegates at the conference in Galway claim there are also problems with the new divisional policing model which is being piloted there and that only half the required gardaí to man the system are working on it.

However, the strongest criticism for both the commissioner and the minister came from the Dublin South Central division.

GRA National Executive member Garda Damien McCarthy described the minister's failure to address problems with the Garda's budget and resources as "negligent" and the commissioner's decision to reduce the intake of new recruits this year from 800 to 600 as "mind boggling."

Minister Flanagan defended the decision by Commissioner Drew Harris to reduce the intake of new Garda recruits by 200 this year.

He said said the Commissioner wanted to accelerate the programme of civilianisation which will allow for a net increase of 500 gardaí on the street this year. 

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GRA General Secretary Pat Ennis said he did not agree that the minister was negligent and while the language used by Mr McCarthy was unfortunate, he supports him as an elected delegate.

However, he said, there is huge frustration among members who are hearing about change, but not seeing the effects on the ground and that members are working in an extraordinarily difficult job without adequate resources.