The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has insisted there is an ongoing commitment to policing and Garda resources on the border.

Responding to criticism from the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors about garda resources in the area, Commissioner Harris said there had been an increase of 119 members of the force in the border area in the past two years.

Mr Harris said there was also the addition of an armed support unit in Cavan, and added that the feedback to him is that it is providing very visible policing in the county.

He said the ASU was providing real reassurance to the local community and local members operating in Cavan, and that is having a big impact.

He said there is a further commitment of 25 gardaí in the next round of recruits going to the Cavan/Monaghan region, at the end of the month, and a further 20 to the border area at the same time.

He said this demonstrates the ongoing commitment to resource policing in the region.

He said they acknowledge the concerns of the public and their worries about a range of very serious incidents which have occurred in recent months and said they were determined to deal with those with a very visible policing presence.

He was speaking in Thurles in Co. Tipperary to members of the local policing committee.

Tipperary has been joined with Clare in a new consolidation plan initiated by the Commissioner as part of a radical shake up of the Garda regional structure.

The Tipperary District HQ is moving to Ennis in Co. Clare from Thurles in Co. Tipperary and local councilors have expressed their concerns that this is a downgrading of  the County HQ and will affect garda resources in the county.

Meanwhile, Tipperary Fianna Fáil TD, Jackie Cahill, has said that there is "no logic" to the amalgamation of Clare and Tipperary policing divisions, and to the subsequent downgrading of Thurles Garda station
from divisional headquarters status.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Deputy Cahill said Tipperary, being the largest inland county in Ireland, should be a standalone division.

He said the decision to move the divisional headquarters from Thurles in Tipperary, to Ennis in Co Clare was made without sufficient consultation with stakeholders.  Deputy Cahill added that the Garda Commissioner "had his mind made up".