€5.3 million to be spent on acquiring garda vehicles to tackle organised crime

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The Justice Minister today announced that €5.3 million is to be spent on acquiring Garda vehicles to bolster efforts to tackle organised crime.

Today’s announcement targets the use, by criminal gangs, of motorway networks to carry out burglaries and other criminal activities.

Criminals from the capital and other areas are widely suspected of using the motorway network to quickly access rural areas and to make their escape just as quickly.

The matter was brought to public attention by a number of speakers at a recent anti-crime meeting at the Anner Hotel in Thurles.

Minister Frances Fitzgerald today announced that the money will be spent on providing gardai with high-powered vehicles, marked and unmarked patrol cars, cars for surveillance and covert operations, motorcycles for high visibility road policing and vehicles for public order policing.