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200 extra high powder vechiles purchased
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A new garda "motorway patrol unit" using high-powered cars forms the cornerstone of a new Government plan to upgrade the force's fleet with more than 200 extra vehicles.

The Government is finally responding to the worsening crime epidemic by signing off on the immediate purchase of more than 200 high-visibility vehicles, the Irish Independent has learned.

The fleet, which will be announced today by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, will be used to target criminal gangs suspected of using the country's motorway network to carry out burglaries and other crimes.

A significant number of the vehicles will also be provided to rural communities which are struggling to cope with a recent spate in criminal activity.

Such is the level of fear, leading members of the farming community say landowners will go to whatever lengths necessary to defend their homes.

Homeowners have reported sleeping with firearms beside their beds, while many country communities say they have lost faith in the ability of gardaí to protect them.

Poignant stories detailing individual efforts to combat criminals have also been detailed by TDs in the Dáil. But it was the ordeal suffered by Tipperary couple Mark and Emma Corcoran and their three young daughters that sent shockwaves throughout the country. The family have been left scarred after a seven-man gang from Dublin carried out an aggravated burglary at their home two years ago.

The vicious thugs were handed prison sentences ranging from 12 to 20 years for a burglary that had "catastrophic" effects on the young family, according to the judge in the trial.

Now, the Government has pledged to unveil a series of special operations and multi-million euro investments aimed at responding to the crime epidemic.

As part of a package of long-awaited measures due to be announced in the coming days, the Department of Justice has shored up additional cash for more than 200 vehicles.

Sources say the Garda fleet will consist of high-powered Audi vehicles, motorbikes, vans and BMWs for undercover gardaí. This will include specially commissioned Audi Q7 four-wheel drives kitted out to the highest spec by the German manufacturer.

These vehicles will be given to the armed Emergency Response Unit, which will fit compartments for assault rifles and handguns. The 4WDs will be used for checkpoints and high-speed motorway pursuits of roaming burglary gangs.

"They have very high horsepower - they are a serious piece of kit," a senior source said.
Undercover gardaí will be given access to a new fleet of BMWs. For security reasons, the exact model of the German brand can not be published.
It's believed more than €5m has been approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for the purchase.

"The vehicles will be on the road by the end of the year and will be used for motorway and rural policing," a source told the Irish Independent.
The purchase has been agreed between Ms Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan.

The new vehicles are separate to the 370-strong fleet that was made active in 2015. Some €1.75m was also set aside for the installation of new infra-red technology Garda aircraft, while the recruitment of more than 600 new gardaí was announced in last week's Budget.

A core group of up to 10 family-based mobs are involved in the crime wave that has targeted vulnerable rural homes and used the country's motorway system to make rapid getaways.
The gangs, who use high- powered cars that often speed away from Garda vehicles, are mostly Dublin-based, made up of criminals based in suburban areas in the south of the capital.
It is estimated that more than 300 criminals are involved.

Irish Independent


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JIs that repot a bit embellished? You'd think initially that they were buying 200 Audis then when you read it, it's vans, motorbikes and unmarked BMWs. I thought the Audis were supposed to be replacements for the RSU Volvos?
Is it spin or are they actually going to make an investment in proper Motorway patrol vehicles?
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Spin, spin, spin. It's the same announcements repeated to make it look good and as a response to recent news. 

There will be no new unit and if there is, where are the resources going to come from? The frontline. The ones already run down, the ones interacting with the community. The ones people want to see every day.
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Motorway Patrol Unit - so that would be traffic corps then
Sorry but HOW many copies of this do you want????
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#5
They've announced about 10,000 new vehicles now at this stage.


There won't be enough people to drive them at this rate
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#6
So is it an armed crime motorway patrol unit?
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Another article that doesn't know the difference between ERU and RSU...

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No BOTH RSU and ERU are getting the q7s
Sorry but HOW many copies of this do you want????
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(20-10-2015, 01:54 PM)mmcn90 Wrote: Another article that doesn't know the difference between ERU and RSU...

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Most papers have no clue

Sounds to me motorway unit will be road crime unit idea


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I know one thing for certain......any new unit will have an acronym.... Ending in a U or at a push a B.........
Whatever your reaching for better be a sandwich....coz your gonna eat it......
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(20-10-2015, 08:46 PM)Tactimule Wrote: I know one thing for certain......any new unit will have an acronym.... Ending in a U or at a push a B.........

Road crime unit but that's taken

They where talking about vans too are they talking about the replacement of most of 08 vans

Bikes hopefully they BMW they had on trail

Q7s for RSU will be great

These crime cars or gucci cars coming in should have anpr as stand also. Crazy rsu down southern area hasn't it northern area does


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And this.....ends that 

Only one in 10 of the 260 new Garda vehicles promised by the Government will be high-powered and none will be specifically allocated to the fight against highly mobile gangs carrying out crimes in rural areas, it has emerged.
Specialist units within the Garda will instead be given the vehicles to replace existing cars that must be taken out of service because they have reached their safe mileage limit.
Reliable sources said while the unveiling of €5.3 million for Garda vehicles by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald yesterday had been billed as additional resourcing, the money for the high-powered vehicle component of the announcement was revealed last month. And the total order for the 260 vehicles was placed three months ago after a protracted procurement process.
One senior source said “less than 30” of the new vehicles would be high-powered models and that these would go to the emergency response unit, regional support units and anti-terrorism special detective unit for a wide range of police work.
The high-powered cars will be Audi Q7 4x4s and BMW 5 Series saloon and estate cars.

Flashpoints
The remainder of the order would be made up mostly of Hyundai i30 and i40 family cars fitted with Garda emergency lights and sirens and in the Garda livery.

And while Ms Fitzgerald said the “new investment” in the Garda fleet would enhance the forceâ€s capacity to fight serious crime – from organised and mobile gangs to public order flashpoints – senior Garda sources have revealed the current state of neglect of the existing fleet, including:
54 per cent of all Garda vehicles are now more than three years old.
360 vehicles must be put out of service this year having passed 300,000km, a safety limit only recently increased from 200,000km.
€700,000 to purchase the high-powered Garda vehicles promised by Ms Fitzgerald had been included in a press release from her department on September 29th.
Only one-third of Garda vehicles are less than two years old.
The Garda fleet is still 125 vehicles off its high of 2,814 of 2010.
The current fleet numbers of 2,690 is an increase of 282 vehicles off the 2013 low point of the fleet.
Speaking about the €5.3 million in funding, Ms Fitzgerald said: “[It is] proof positive of this Governmentâ€s determination to ensure that the gardaí have all the necessary tools at their disposal to tackle the scourge of highly-mobile criminal gangs and to disrupt crime, particularly burglaries, across both rural and urban communities.”
Chronic need However, the Garda Representative Association (GRA) said its members were now expected to be “really grateful for having the basic tools” for policing work.
Vice president Ciaran Oâ€Neill said while the Government had invested in vehicles and was continuing to do so, there was a chronic need for that investment to even maintain the fleet at current numbers.
Out of service “The cars weâ€ve gotten so far are standard family cars with Garda lights and radios; these are not specially fitted out policing vehicles,” said Mr Oâ€Neill.
“They are replacing the cars that have been on the go 24-7 for years now and simply have to be put out of service.
“We are talking about replacing [vehicles] that reached 200,000km on the clock and would have gone out of service then but for the safety limit being increased to 300,000km.”

Irish Times
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It's about time we came forward an spoke out about political spin like this. The minister thinks she's great announcing stuff fooling Joe public. Fair play to whoever pointed out the facts in the media. Yay more i40's the criminals will be worried tonight. The Hyundais are a grand car for bringing the kids to school or doing the groceries not police work
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Well it's not spin. It's a lie. Plain and simple.
And it's a lie meant to deceive the public into thinking something is being done when as usual it isn't.
Roll around election time....
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Spot on Brigade. What has always been required but overlooked by penny wise/pound foolish procurement & politicians is truly fit for purpose patrol vehicles augmented by actual pursuit vehicles such as octavia visit focus St golf/passat r types with properly trained drivers who c are trained in and permitted to use TPAC. But in PC Ireland where decisions are by committee and each member of same only concerned with protecting their posterior I fear such common sense is light years away. As we all know, a camel 🐪 is a horse designed by committee!

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VRS!!! Not visit!!! Arghhh I hate predictive text

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(21-10-2015, 02:43 PM)Brigade Wrote: Roll around election time....

They'll be voted back in as the alternative is a disaster.
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Fine Gael will. Labour will be extinct.
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FF will do well. People have short memories.
"Private Number Calling" - As if im going to answer that!!!
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I agree, I think they will recover some bit.
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