LIMERICK’S most senior garda has said that without the support of the garda reserve team, the force in the city would be under “serious pressure”.
And Chief Superintendent David Sheahan said he also expects further cuts to garda resources within the next 12 months.
“It would be foolhardy to say that I don’t think there will be further cuts down the road. I would say that there will be and I have no doubt that there will probably be rationalisation of resources,” said Chief Supt Sheahan.
As head of the Limerick Garda Division, Chief Supt Sheahan said that it was his job to ensure that the resources available to him were used as efficiently as possible.
“Even at this stage when we do rosters, I have to make hard decisions,” he said.
Speaking at a Joint Policing Committee meeting in County Hall, Chief Supt Sheahan said that garda reserves play a “huge role” in terms of supporting the force.
“During the course of Rag Week and particularly during events in Thomond Park without the reserve gardai, we just couldn’t function. They play a huge role in support services,” he said.
“I can honestly say that without those people at those events, we would be under serious pressure not in the sense that we couldn’t do it, but it certainly takes a load of pressure off in terms of overtime,” he added.