Plans drawn up to remove all armed gardai from Dublin airport

Plans drawn up to remove all armed gardai from Dublin airport

At a time when the rest of Europe is beefing up their security, Ireland is to remove the remaining 20 armed gardai from Dublin Airport.

In recent years the number of detectives has been dropped from 60 in 2008 to just 20 this year.

As part of the planned move by Justice Minister Francis Fitzgerald the remaining members of the Garda National immigration Bureau will be replaced by civilians.

If the plans go ahead it would mean that the north Dublin’s Garda Special Detective Unit would be the only armed cover for the nation’s main airport.

A source told The Sun: “If elite armed officers are removed from Dublin Airport it could cause serious problems, especially if in incident took place.”

“The concern is that there wouldn’t be enough cover if just one group of officers from the SDU have responsibility for the airport. What happens if they are somewhere else and something happens?

“Security at Dublin airport is very high but many of the employees would feel safer if they knew armed detectives were on site.”

A spokesperson from the Dublin Airport Authority said it was not in a position to comment on the plans.

Meanwhile Ireland’s military special forces unit the Ranger Wing (ARW) and the gardai’s S.W.A.T team, the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), have stepped up their training following last week’s attacks on Paris, read the full story here.