Five stations in Kilkenny/Carlow have no access to PULSE due to lack of broadband

The Minister confirmed the figures in response to a Parliamentary Question

Darren Hassett

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Darren Hassett

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darren.hassett@kilkennypeople.ie

Five Garda stations in the Kilkenny/Carlow Policing Division do not have access to PULSE due to a lack of broadband in the area, new figures have revealed. 

It comes after Eir pulled out of the tendering process for the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan which has put the future of the initiative in doubt. 

Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice for details on the Garda stations that cannot use the PULSE system due to lack of broadband in their area. 

It revealed that 77 stations currently cannot be networked due to lack of broadband infrastructure across the country. 

Where stations cannot be connected, for example where local broadband services are not yet available, "other methods of providing members with network access are being explored".

The figures do not specify which stations in Kilkenny/Carlow are without the necessary broadband connection. 

Minister Charles Flanagan said: "Decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and resources, including ICT, are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.

"The Deputy will be aware that the Programme for a Partnership Government recognises that Gardaí must have the modern technology and resources necessary to detect and investigate crimes, and to prevent loss and harm to citizens and their property on a 24/7 basis.

"Accordingly, the Garda Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021 sets out a series of initiatives which will enable An Garda Síochána deploy the latest cutting edge technologies in the fight against crime.

"I am informed that a project was established under the Programme to enhance rural access to the Garda network by connecting the majority of these remaining sites to the Garda Network.

"Where stations cannot be connected, for example where local broadband services are not yet available, other methods of providing members with network access are being explored.

"I am informed by Garda authorities that, as of 5 February 2017, 472 stations are networked, 15 are in the process of being networked and 77 stations currently cannot be networked due to lack of broadband infrastructure.

"Members in non-networked locations can contact the Garda Information Services Centre (GISC) or an associated networked station if required."

Those stations which cannot be networked are listed below by Division:

Division
Number of Stations
Laois/Offaly
4
Westmeath
2
Wicklow
1
Cavan/Monaghan
3
Sligo
3
Kilkenny/Carlow
5
Tipperary
14
Waterford
5
Wexford
4
Cork - North
4
Cork - West
6
Kerry
3
Limerick
3
Clare
3
Galway
12
Mayo
3
Roscommon
2
Total
77 (note:472 stations are networked, 15 are in the process of being networked)