Tuesday 15 April 2014 06.08
300 new gardaí are due to begin training at the Garda College this summer
The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has accused the Government of trying to provide “policing on the cheap” because it has not allocated any funding for new recruits.
For the first time in five years, 300 new gardaí are due to begin training at the Garda College in Templemore this summer.
However, the AGSI has said no funding has been earmarked to train the new recruits and there is no budget for new staff or new equipment.
While the recruitment this summer has been welcomed by the Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, they claim no money has been allocated to train the new recruits and there is no budget for staff or equipment.
The AGSI has accused the Government of what it calls “policing on the cheap” because it suspects the money will come from within the current garda budget, which it says will mean a cut to frontline services.
It has called for a supplementary budget to be put in place to pay for the recruitment.
The Association has also accused the Government of spending millions on buying land in Co Tipperary for a new tactical training centre that has never been built.
It has said €5m has been wasted on buying the house and land and the house in Dromad has rotted and is currently condemned.
It also said investment in garda buildings has fallen dramatically and describes the divisional headquarters in Tralee as “a disgrace”.
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