Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Public Accounts Committee

Appropriation Accounts 2022
Vote 20 - An Garda Síochána

9:30 am

Mr. Drew Harris:

To use a sporting analogy, scramble defence. As we brought people on duty, properly equipped, the situation developed in front of us. Second was the issue around communications. The command of individuals on the ground and communication among them was a big issue. The call-up of members was not an issue. People communicate on the WhatsApp group within their public order serials and a lot of the messages that went out were official messages. People went to a rally point and were then brought in. Garda members went to a rally point, were equipped and came into town. The stores were open.


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