Garda chief dismisses report of emergency plan for Border

Drew Harris says Border reports are ‘entirely incorrect’

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

 

The Garda Commissioner has dismissed reports there are emergency plans to move hundreds of gardaí to the Border in the event of a no-deal Brexit in March.

Drew Harris said in a statement on Thursday the reports were “entirely incorrect”.

The Irish Independent reported the plans were discussed on Wednesday at a meeting between Mr Harris and senior staff and that 600 gardaí would be needed to police the Border if the UK crashed out of the European Union.

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However, speaking at Garda Headquarters on Thursday, Mr Harris said: “Reports of 600 gardai to be moved to the border are entirely incorrect.

“I have not discussed this matter neither have I considered the proposal. The increasing deployment of gardaí to all policing regions including the Northern region is commensurate with a growing organisation.”

Mr Harris added “we continue to prepare for Brexit in line with Government policy”.

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