Gardai get 100 new mountain bikes
Gardai have been equipped with 100 new mountain bikes in a bid to increase visibility, particularly in the Dublin region.
More than one quarter of these new bikes will be given to garda stations in Dublin, after the plan was approved by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
The purchase brings the number of mountain bikes throughout the country to 564, according to figures obtained by the Herald.
Ms Fitzgerald had previously expressed her wish to see the force deploy more gardai on mountain bikes in communities. The Dublin Mid-West TD believes that a greater use of bikes by gardai will help fight crime.
"Subsequently, An Garda Siochana commenced a procurement process in November 2015 which resulted in the delivery of 100 mountain bikes," the minister's spokesman said.
Separately, Labour Party backbencher Joe Costello has raised the issue of scrambler bikes in the north inner city.
He was referring to an incident on Christmas Eve in which a young man was seriously injured when his scrambler bike crashed into a garda patrol car at the junction of Buckingham Street and Sean McDermott Street.
"Year after year on Christmas Eve, we have mayhem in parts of the inner city and beyond as the streets are taken over by scrambler bikes," he said, calling for a plan to deal with the issue.