Thursday, 22 September 2022
Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation
Alan Farrell (Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael)
Like Deputy Berry, I will refer to the incident in Cherry Orchard this week, which the Commissioner has described as "disgraceful" and in which two female gardaí were subjected to a horrifying ordeal when their car was rammed. Gardaí have questioned the deterrents available. It is appropriate to mention that Deputy Griffin proposed a Bill to deal with and specifically address this issue seven years ago. The Garda has stated that investment in equipment including body cams, better driver training and stronger vehicles, not just family saloons, should be part and parcel of what is provided to An Garda Síochána by the State. Notwithstanding what he said to Deputy Berry, will the Tánaiste give a commitment that the budget and future direction given to the An Garda Síochána will include provision for suitable vehicles to stave off such attacks in the future?