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Friday 20 October 2017

Armed garda unit took 30 minutes to reach scene

An armed garda unit took 30 minutes to arrive at the scene of the gangland shooting in Swords, it has emerged.

The delay, which occurred after the attempted murder of a man at Forest Road in the town, is believed to have been due to a lack of manpower in the Dublin region.

The Herald understands that no armed unit was available to attend the scene of the shooting for 30 minutes after the incident was reported.

The scene was secured at all times by local units but back-up from the specialist Emergency Response Unit was delayed.

Reductions in overtime are understood to have cut the numbers of ERU units available for rapid response in the capital.

The Garda Press Office declined to comment on the reports. When contact about the response time of the armed unit, a spokesman for the Garda Representative Association (GRA) said: "This is very much an operational matter and not one the GRA wish to comment upon."

comurphy@herald.ie

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