GARDAI attached to the traffic unit at Thomastown Garda Station who were unable to carry out their duties properly have been given a car ‘on loan’ from Kilkenny Garda Station.
The news came following an article in the Kilkenny People which highlighted the situation whereby traffic unit gardaí were left stranded in the garda barracks without a designated car. The 2007 Mondeo was dispatched to help relieve the unit and the understanding is that the vehicle has been given to them on a ‘long-term-basis loan’.
There are currently 180,000 kilometres on the Mondeo’s clock and the vehicle will cease to be used once it reaches 300,000 kilometres. “It is like robbing Peter to pay Paul,” a garda source said. “We are worried that suits up in garda headquarters who don’t know what is going on on the ground are trying to downsize the traffic unit, which would be an insane move and there is a huge rural hinterland for us to police. If traffic units were to be disbanded they won’t return and the work we do not only saves lives but when there is a garda presence on the roads driver behaviour is much better,” he added.