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Garda College Templemore – Government To Abandon €5.5 Million Site At Clonmore Templemore

garda-tcPlans to build a new Garda centre for the training of officers involved in firearms and advanced driving, have now been abandoned as part of our recession spending cuts.

The 220-acre site at Clonmore, latter situated close to Templemore, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, which was ear marked for use as a firearms and as a tactical training facility was purchased, three years ago, for €5.5 million and plans to begin development have now been put on hold.

An underground firing range in Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin, has also been closed because of safety concerns. This means that gardaí who want to learn to fire weapons or take part in refresher training, are now depending on the goodwill of the Defence Forces.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) said that the Garda force currently have no dedicated centre in which to train members in the use of firearms or to train specialist units like the Emergency Response Unit in tactical manoeuvres, to deal with serious armed incidents.

Delegates at the closing session of the GRA’s annual conference in Killarney, Co Kerry, were told that the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary, will be completely closed for two years because of the Government’s decision not to recruit any trainee Gardai until the State’s financial position further improves.

Approximately 19 Gardaí have been recently transferred from the the Garda College in Templemore and up to 50 other Gardaí are expected to be deployed to other Garda stations in the coming weeks.

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