High-powered garda cars to deter gangs using motorway network
minister Brendan Howlin says the planned new fleet of high-powered garda vehicles will deter criminals using the growing motorway network to 'reach into rural communities'.
However, according to some local reports, the gardai would prefer to see more officers on the ground than high-powered cars on the roads.
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald last week announced an allocation of €5.3 million to buy 'high powered cars by the end of the year.
'The gardaí have all the necessary tools at their disposal to tackle the scourge of highly-mobile criminal gangs and to disrupt crime, particularly burglaries, across both rural and urban communities,' she said.'It isn't yet clear how many of the 260 new cars will be allocated to the Wexford Garda Division. Brendan Howlin said the fleet will deter criminals and help gardaí respond to incidents quickly. 'One of the worries of recent times is Dublin-based gangs using high-speed cars themselves reaching out on the motorway network reaching into rural communities,' he said. 'The idea that you'd have very visible high-profile cars manning our motorways, manning roads off the motorways, not only is a deterrent to anybody who might think they can get away with it but also in a position to respond very quickly'.