New armed support unit for border region begins operations
Unit to be based in Cavan and will complement two others in Dundalk and Donegal
The Garda Press Office said the unit will provide ‘support to local policing and local Garda members’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
A new armed support unit to police the border region is to begin operations in Cavan-Monaghan on Monday.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris confirmed last week the unit will initially be staffed by gardaí transferred from other areas.
“It will be initially staffed by individuals on temporary transfer but we have supplemented the overall armed support complement so there is sufficient strength to do that and then in the next few months we will create a actual full-time permanent ASU presence in Cavan.”
The Garda Press Office said the unit will provide “support to local policing and local Garda members”.
Mr Lunney received knife wounds to his face and neck and one of his legs broken in two places in a sustained attack before being dumped more than two hours after his abduction in Cornafean, about a 40-minute drive from his home across the border in Co Fermanagh.