GARDA ANGER OVER STATION CLOSURES: ‘WE CANNOT CATCH CRIMINALS BY SKYPE MINISTER’

first_imgTHE Garda Representative Association has clashed with Justice Minister Alan Shatter over the closure of rural garda stations and cuts to the force – with more stations in Co Donegal facing the axe.The Minister accused the GRA of being alarmist and said some station closures can be done safely with the help of new technology, safer transport and improved communications.But outgoing GRA president Damien McCarthy hit back at Minister Shatter telling him: “Let me tell you Minister – if a house is being burgled, the gardai cannot teleport to your assistance, the gardai cannot police from a remote location by satellite, criminals cannot be apprehended by Skype – and we can’t email armed response.” He also told the Minister: “So far, you have been soft on crime, soft on the causes of crime, and soft on the proceeds of crime,” he said.Mr McCarthy accused Mr Shatter of overseeing the force’s withdrawal from the heart of the community.Mr Shatter responded: “Let me tell you, sir, I am hard on crime, be it white-collar crime or any other sort of crime.”   GARDA ANGER OVER STATION CLOSURES: ‘WE CANNOT CATCH CRIMINALS BY SKYPE MINISTER’ was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDA ANGER OVER STATION CLOSURES: ‘WE CANNOT CATCH CRIMINALS BY SKYE MINISTER’last_img

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