Commissioner says new Garda plan can deal with Brexit in border areas . . . and boost community policing

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris says the new arrangements in An Garda Siochana will mean the force will be able to deal with issues arising from Brexit, which is a major concern in the north west border area.

Under new structures announced this morning, there will be a new Northwest garda region, which will largely combine the current north and west regions.

And there will be a new garda division that will combine Sligo/Leitrim and Donegal.

Regions are overseen by an assistant commissioner, divisions by a chief superintendent ands districts by a superintendent.

Commissioner Harris spoke about his preparations and plans for the border area:

And he emphatically denied that the new garda set-up will lead to a reduction in the provision of police services in rural areas.

He says the aim is to slash bureaucracy so as to provide more front-line and community policing.