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370 new cars and vans are on their way to the gardaí

Hyundais, Fords and Fiats top the shopping list.

Ongoing Justice Reform Programme. Pict Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

370 NEW CARS are on their way to the gardaí – like Fiat vans and Hyundai Estates.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald went to Garda HQ in Phoenix park today to welcome the delivery.

Here’s the breakdown on what cars are zooming their way to the men and women in blue:

garda vehicles

The news is thanks to the €10 million investment announced on Budget Day, and they are the first new vehicles to be allocated to Garda Traffic Corps.

During their visit to the HQ, Kenny and Fitzgerald met with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, and discussed the progress of the Justice Reform Programme.

The Taoiseach said that the provision of these new vehicles is being accompanied by the recent recruitment of new Gardaí, which marks this Government’s commitment to the force.

Meanwhile, Minister Fitzgerald said that the investments being made by this Government will improve the delivery of a visible policing presence, “as well as supporting Gardaí to tackle crime trends, both urban and rural, which are often carried out by highly-mobile gangs”.

Ongoing Justice Reform Programme. Pict Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The first new vehicles are to be allocated to the Garda Traffic Corps.

From 2012-2015, this Government will have provided €27.5 million for new Garda vehicles, said Minister Fitzgerald, an increase from the €4.8 million invested in them from 2009-2011.

Minister Fitzgerald also brought the news that a group comprising the Department of Justice and Equality; the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and An Garda Síochána are currently identifying the ICT (information and communications technology) requirements of An Garda Síochána.

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