New garda vehicles will make us safer, Enda Kenny tells recruits
A fleet of 400 new garda vehicles this year will provide a boost to gardai in their fight against crime, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed.
Mr Kenny said yesterday that the provision of €10m to buy the cars will make communities more secure.
The Taoiseach made his remarks as the latest intake of 100 garda recruits began training at Templemore College in Co Tipperary.
Mr Kenny promised that the main garda training college will not be closed again and that the Government is committed to a series of phases of garda recruitment.
A total of 300 people have been recruited to the force since September, five years after the recruitment freeze was introduced.
"The demanding nature of modern policing means that An Garda Siochana, like any police force, needs the energy and vitality of young recruits," said Mr Kenny.
"In addressing and preventing crime, we need to have a visible and effective policing service that families, businesses and communities right throughout the State, both urban and rural, can be assured of."
On the issue of garda vehicles, the Taoiseach said €10m has been provided for 400 new vehicles. He added that a total of €27.5m has been spent on new fleets over the past three years.
"These vehicles, which I inspected myself only a couple of weeks ago, will give an enhanced visible policing presence in communities around the State and support gardai in their fight against crime," he said.
Mr Kenny also pledged to bring to justice the killers of slain Det Gda Adrian Donohoe, who was shot dead during a credit union robbery in Louth.
"Very recently, we marked the second anniversary of the brutal murder of Adrian Donohoe, who lost his life trying to protect the community he served, and we remember him again here today," said the Taoiseach.