Old Garda IT net­work a dis­grace

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS -

IT is a na­tional dis­grace the Garda Siochana is be­ing forced to use an IT sys­tem that was out of date al­most 15 years ago.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Michael Finn was right to blast the 20-year-old PULSE and other com­puter net­works as “not fit for pur­pose”.

It is a pos­i­tive that Garda man­age­ment is now will­ing to ad­mit the fail­ings in the equip­ment but no great de­tail has been dis­closed about what is be­ing done to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion.

It is time the State started sup­port­ing our gar­dai with ap­pro­pri­ate re­sourc­ing.

Of­fi­cers, along with ex­perts, have warned of the prob­lems posed by an­ti­quated kit and the con­stant drip feed of scan­dals and mishaps is un­der­min­ing morale and the ef­fec­tive­ness of the force.

Re­ports of bad re­sourc­ing have clearly not been lis­tened to by the Gov­ern­ment and civil ser­vants.

There have been warn­ings around in­ad­e­quate uni­forms, fam­ily sa­loons used as pa­trol cars, fall­ing Garda num­bers and even of­fi­cers driven to men­tal ex­haus­tion.

In re­cent days there are re­ports of, at a con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate, seven of­fi­cers tak­ing their own lives.

The buck stops at the door of the Gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion and solve these is­sues. It is em­bar­rass­ing to Ire­land that those who pro­tect us are strug­gling in a mire of poor gov­er­nance.

Gar­dai are fight­ing to keep on top of in­ter­na­tional crime net­works and they are us­ing an­ti­quated 20-year-old com­puter sys­tems to do it.

What is needed is ro­bust lead­er­ship – once and for all give our pro­tec­tors the tools they need to tackle crime and keep us safe.

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