Garda HQ issues warning after loss of specialist IT staff

Garda Headquarters has written to the Department of Justice, informing them that the force had lost more than one-third of their in-house permanent IT staff.

According to a confidential letter, seen by RTÉ’s This Week radio programme, the force has been left heavily reliant, as a result, on the use of private sector workers to operate and maintain the State’s most sensitive law enforcement and national security computer systems.

The document, which was sent in recent weeks, from the office of Acting Garda Commissioner Dónal Ó Cualáin to the Finance and Resources section of the Justice Department, says that 37% of the force’s in-house IT specialists had been lost over recent years.

Garda HQ has prepared a business plan to counter the loss, which would see the number of in-house IT experts bolstered, the memo states.

From RTE news

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