Grassroots gardai and representatives say new structures will only work if properly resourced

The only way that new Garda regional divisons will work, is if they are properly resourced, according to Sligo-Leitrim TD Martin Kenny.

It’s after plans were revealed today to merge all garda divisions working in the north west which will see Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal officers working under a combined superstructure.

Roscommon/Longford has also been merged with Mayo which will form a garda division stretching from Granard to Blacksod.

The Garda Commissioner earlier outlined that 1,800 additional gardaí are being deployed to the front-line, while the number of divisions is being reduced from 28 to 19, in an effort to reduce admin duties and create community policing teams.

Deputy Kenny is Sinn Fein’s justice spokesperson; he’s told Shannonside FM that resources will be key to making the plan work

There has been some concern that the new plan will mean a reduction in the number of Superintendents assigned to each new region.

Dave Conroy, GRA representative for Roscommon/Longford, claims that a chief superintendent based in Castlebar will be very far removed from issues in the Shannonside region.