New vehicles for North West garda motor fleet

Seven 2015 allocated vehicles to be increased to fourteen

Sligo News File Online

The Government is upgrading the garda motor pool in the North West

Tony McLoughlin, TD, Fine Gael, Sligo-Leitrim
Tony McLoughlin, TD,
Fine Gael, Sligo-Leitrim

A stock of seven new vehicles already delivered to Sligo and Leitrim in 2015 is to be expanded to fourteen later in the year, according to local FG TD, Tony McLoughlin.

He pointed out that nationally the Government had invested €27.5 million in Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014.

The Government, he said, was “also strengthening An Garda Síochána for the future by reopening the Garda training college in Templemore and recruiting 550 new Gardaí.

“The first intake of 100 new recruits entered Templemore in September 2014 and passed out in April of this year. A further 200 recruits entered in December 2014 and February 2015, with 250 more expected to begin training later this year.

“When Fianna Fáil closed Templemore it was a major blow to An Garda Síochána and to rural areas.

“Our local Gardaí will be really bolstered by this influx of new vehicles and Gardaí…” he said.