Garda Regional Support Units To Be Permanently Armed

New full-time armed garda units are to be established to tackle serious gang related crime and terrorism across Ireland.

Under a new plan each garda region will have its own permanent armed squad, while the overall number of officers licensed to carry guns will be reduced.

Current regional support units will become the new armed officers, a move that is said to be in response to an notable increased in gun violence across Ireland.


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